Film screening precedes author’s visit

For Immediate Release: Feb. 11, 2014

Big Dog Reading Series

BLOOMSBURG — The film, “Being Flynn,” based on a memoir by award-winning author Nick Flynn, will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s McCormick Center, room 2303. Flynn will visit BU Wednesday, March 5, as part of the Big Dog Reading Series.

The film stars Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore and is based on Flynn’s memoir, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.” The screening is open to the public free of charge, sponsored by BU’s English department.

During Flynn’s March 5 visit, he will talk about the craft of writing at 4 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multipurpose Room A, and read from his work at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 2303. The events are free and open to public.

Raised by his mother in suburban Boston, Flynn was estranged from his father, Jonathan, an alcoholic who worked odd jobs and spent several years in prison for passing forged checks. At 27, Flynn was unexpectedly reunited with his then-homeless father, who showed up as a “guest” at a shelter in Boston. Flynn examined his relationship with his father and the suicide of his mother in “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into 15 languages.

Flynn also wrote two other memoirs, The Reenactments” and The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment,” and three books of poetry, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands” Some Ether,” which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber.” His fourth book of poetry, My Feelings,” is forthcoming.

The Big Dog Reading Series, sponsored by the BU English department’s creative writing program, brings poets and writers of regional and national interest to the community. To learn more about author Nick Flynn, see

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