posted November 2, 2009

Visiting Writers Series to Feature Susan Choi on Nov. 12

 The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature novelist Susan Choi on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

Choi will also be featured during a question-and-answer session on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the DeWitt Center Herrick Room.  Refreshments will be served during the Q&A.

The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.

Susan Choi is a novelist who, according to Ron Charles of the Washington Post, "looks for essential American characters in the most peculiar places." Her second novel, Pulitzer Prize finalist "American Woman," is a fictionalized account of the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and her most recent book, "A Person of Interest," combines elements of the Unabomber case and the U.S. government's investigation of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee in what Charles calls "one of the most remarkable novels to have emerged from our age of terror."

"The New York Times Book Review" said, "We read 'A Person of Interest' for one of the best reasons to read any fiction: to transcend the limitations of our own lives, to find out what it's like to be someone else, to recognize unmistakable aspects of ourselves staring back at us from the portrait of a stranger."

Her first novel, "The Foreign Student," won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction.

With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology "Wonderful Town:  New York Stories from 'The New Yorker,'" and her non-fiction has appeared in publications including "Vogue," "Tin House," "Allure," "O" and "The New York Times," and in anthologies including "Money Changes Everything" and "Brooklyn Was Mine."

Choi is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will precede the reading at the Knickerbocker with a 6:30 p.m. performance.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting www.hope.edu/vws.

The Herrick Room is on the second floor of the DeWittCenter, which is located at 141 E. 12th. St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.