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Author Peter Rock featured at LCC


February 7, 2019

Lower Columbia College has announced that Peter Rock will be featured at the February 27 Northwest Voices event in Longview. First, the author will provide a screening of Leave No Trace, a film based on his book My Abandonment, from 3-5:00 p.m., in LCC’s Health and Science Building Room 101. From 7-8:00 p.m., he will hold a reading at the Longview Public Library from his new book, The Night Swimmers, due out in early 2019. Both events are free and open to the public.

Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He is the author of the novels SPELLS, Klickitat, The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves and This Is the Place, and a story collection, The Unsettling.

Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University.

His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Alex Award and others, he currently lives in Portland, Ore., where he is a professor in the English Department of Reed College.

The film adaptation of My Abandonment, directed by Debra Granik, premiered at Sundance and Cannes and was released in June of 2018. Rock’s 10th work of fiction, The Night Swimmers, will be published in early 2019.


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