BU’s Big Dog Reading Series features two Pennsylvania authors

For immediate release: Sept. 21, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Novelist William Cobb will give a reading at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as part of the Big Dog Reading Series. Cobb, director of the writing program at Penn State, will read on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Kehr Union, multipurpose room B.

Cobb is the author of two novels, “Goodnight, Texas” and “The Fire Eaters,” and a book of stories, “The White Tattoo.” His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. Cobb has received numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, the Sandstone Prize and an Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Award for the novel. In a review of “Goodnight, Texas,” author George Saunders says, “It’s a gratifying thing to see a writer put warmth, lyricism, love of place, and a deeply observant naturalism to use as beautifully as William Cobb does in ‘Goodnight, Texas.’”

For the series’ second program, Jerry Wemple, associate professor of English at BU, will read on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Monty’s Assembly Room.

Wemple is the author of two collections of poetry, “You Can See It from Here” and “The Civil War in Baltimore.” He is also the co-editor of “Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets in Pennsylvania.” A Pennsylvania native, Wemple often writes about the people and places of the Susquehanna Valley. He is the recipient of a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the “Word” Journal Chapbook Prize and university awards for teaching and scholarly excellence.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.