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Louisiana-Born Writer to Read at Widener

October 11, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ’15

A captivating line from Elise Blackwell’s first novel Hunger, “Like the smell of rain before drops hit the skin, the coming war told me to spend, to have whatever I could now, before it could no longer be had,” pulled me directly into the heart of the story.

I have been reading her novel published in 2003 for my Topics in Creative Writing class, learning about the struggle of hunger and survival during the German siege of Leningrad. This tale takes readers on a journey into the darker times of our world’s history.

I’m looking forward to Blackwell’s visit to Widener this semester as part of the Distinguished Writers Series. On Thursday, October 25, Blackwell will be reading from her work at 4 p.m. in the Webb Room in University Center.  The reading is free and open to the public. She also will be talking to English and creative writing classes on October 25 and 26.

Blackwell, author of four novels, has written works that have made “best of the year” lists in the Los Angeles Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and Kirkus, among others.  She writes intricately detailed pieces ranging from satirical to survival and hardship. Her most recent novel, An Unfinished Score, deals with the themes of art, love, loss, and blackmail.

Autumn Heisler is a sophomore from Allentown, Pa., majoring in creative writing and English.

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