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Fiction Writer Eleanor Henderson to Speak at UC
Author of "Ten Thousand Saints" to Read at Jackson Lunch Hour Series
Written By Colleen Bierstine '15, PR Intern
Author touted by New York Times Book Review
Utica, NY (10/15/2012)- Fiction writer Eleanor Henderson will give a literary reading at Utica College’s Professor Harry F. and Mary Ruth Jackson Lunch Hour Series. The reading is free and open to the public. It will be held on Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in Macfarlane Auditorium in Utica College’s DePerno Hall.
Henderson’s first novel, “Ten Thousand Saints,” was published by HarperCollins/Ecco in 2011. The New York Times Book Review said, “Henderson does not hold back once: she writes the hell out of every moment every scene, every perspective, every fleeting impression, every impulse and desire.”
“Ten Thousand Saints” was named one of the Top 10 Books of 2011 by The New York Times, a Year’s Reading selection by The New Yorker, a Top 5 Fiction title by O Magazine, a Top 10 Debut Fiction title by Amazon.com and a finalist for the 2011 Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times.
Henderson’s other fiction work has appeared in publications like Agni, North American Review, Ninth Letter, Columbia and Salon. Her nonfiction appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, All Things Considered, Poets & Writers, and the Virginia Quarterly. Henderson’s story “The Farms” was nominated for a Pushcart and chosen by Alice Sebold for the Best American Short Stories 2009. She was a contributing editor to Poets & Writers and chair of the Virginia Quarterly Review’s fiction board.
Henderson was born in Greece and raised in Florida. She attended Middlebury College and the University of Virginia where she received her MFA. Currently, Henderson is an assistant professor at Ithaca College and residing in Ithaca, N.Y. with her husband and two sons.
Literary programs are made possible with the public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
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