MSJC English Department Presents: Author Reading/Presentation: John Griswold

October 17, 2014

​John Griswold, author of the essay collection Pirates You Don’t Know and the award-winning novel A Democracy of Ghosts, will give a presentation at Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Valley Campus, 28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee, on Wednesday, October 29th from 11:30am – 1:00pm in room 927 of the Technology Building. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to reading from his work, he will also address questions from the audience regarding writing.
The reading/presentation is offered by the Mt. San Jacinto College Menifee Valley Campus English Department in association with Poets & Writers, Inc.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for students and the public to listen to an award-winning author read from his work as well as engage in a discussion about the craft of writing.
John Griswold's novel, A Democracy of Ghosts, was named a 2010 Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. His nonfiction book, Herrin: The Brief History of An Infamous American City, was published in 2009 by The History Press. Southern Illinois University's Friends of the Morris Library awarded him their 2009 Delta Award for "writing with distinction," an award previously given to Robert Coover, Dick Gregory, and Senator Paul Simon.
Griswold's stories, poems, and essays have appeared in War, Literature and the Arts; Perigee; Brevity; Natural Bridge; and Ninth Letter. The Stork, a story chapbook, is available as a free download from Featherproof Books. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and listed as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, ed. Dave Eggers.
As Oronte Churm, Griswold is a contributing writer for Inside Higher Ed, a columnist for McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and has pieces in Mountain Man Dance Moves (McSweeney's Books) and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (WW Norton).
More recently, Griswold has published a collection of essays: Pirates You Don’t Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life. In Pirates You Don’t Know, Griswold writes poignantly and hilariously about the contingent nature of this life, tying it to his birth in the last American enclave in Saigon during the Vietnam War, his upbringing in a coal town in southern Illinois, and his experience as an army deep-sea diver and frogman. He investigates class in America through four generations of his family and portrays the continuing joys and challenges of fatherhood while making a living, becoming literate, and staying open to the world. But Griswold’s central concerns apply to everyone: What does it mean to be educated? What does it mean to think, feel, create, and be whole? What is the point of this particular journey?
He teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA.
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