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1718 reading series hosts author Thomas Beller Tuesday

Loyola press release - November 2, 2009

Acclaimed author Thomas Beller will be the featured speaker at the next 1718 reading series on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., at the Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave.

Born and raised in New York City, Beller received a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is the author of three books, “Seduction Theory: Stories,” “The Sleep-Over Artist: A Novel” and “How To Be a Man: Essays” (all from W.W. Norton). “The Sleep-Over Artist” was hailed by The New York Times as a Notable Book and gained acclaim by the Los Angeles Times as a Best Book of 2000. Beller’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Southwest Review, Ploughshares, Elle, and Best American Short Stories, and he has been read on NPR’s This American Life and Selected Shorts.

Beller is an assistant professor of English at Tulane University, editor of Open City Magazine, creator of the website www.mrbellersneighborhood.com and contributes regularly to Travel and Leisure Magazine, Slate.com and the New York Times.

The 1718 reading series is a student-run program directed by students from Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. Each 1718 reading event features one established poet or writer, followed by several student writers from the New Orleans area.

For more information, contact Mark Yakich, associate professor of English at Loyola University, at yakich@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2259.

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