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Professor and playwright keeps busy outside of classroom

January 30, 2009

John Biguenet, Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor and professor of English in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, has maintained an active schedule outside of the classroom throughout the summer and fall.

In July, his novel, “Oyster,” was published in French by publisher Editions Albin Michel in Paris. Le Figaro, a French newspaper, described the book as “masterfully written from beginning to end,” and l’Humanite, another French newspaper, called it “an immemorial tragedy… a beautiful novel.”

In August, he was interviewed on “Doing Time with Ron Kuby” on Air America Radio and on “The Gayle King Show” on Oprah and Friends Radio Network. He also gave a reading of his work at the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge in honor of the opening of the exhibit, “40 Days and 40 Nights: The Artistic Resiliency of Louisiana,” in which his writing is included.

He co-edited “Strange Harbors,” an anthology of contemporary international literature in translation, published in August by the Center for the Art of Translation located in San Francisco, Calif.

He was the subject of “Travaux d’écritures,” an article by Marie Koch in August issue Livres Hebdo, a French magazine that covers creative writing teaching in the U.S.

“Spotlight on John Biguenet,” an interview, appeared in summer edition of Ripples from the Center, the publication for the Center for the Art of Translation.

He also spoke on “The Quality Enhancement Planning Process” at the Xavier University of Louisiana Fall Faculty Institute.

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