Creative Writers’ Reading Series Presents Author Debra Dean
Debra Dean, author of the bestselling novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, will be a guest speaker on Monday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., at South Florida Community College Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC), Highlands Campus. This presentation is part of the SFCC Honors Program Creative Writers’ Reading Series that features award-winning authors who write about Florida. The series was made available through grants provided by the Florida Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the SFCC Foundation, Inc. It is free and open to the public.
The Madonnas of Leningrad, Dean’s debut novel, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Borders Original Voice, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. The novel tells the story of Marina, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s, who had been a docent at Leningrad’s Hermitage Museum during WWII. The novel shifts between two settings: 1941 Leningrad, when the city was surrounded by German troops, and the present day as Marina prepares for the wedding of her granddaughter off the coast of Seattle, Wash.
Dean is the winner of the 2009 Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal in General Fiction and the Paterson Fiction Prize for Confessions of a Fallen Woman, a short story anthology. Her short stories have appeared in Mid-Atlantic Review, Image, the Seattle Review, Calyx, Writers Forum, and the Bellingham Review.
Speakers featured in upcoming Creative Writers’ Reading Series programs are St. Petersburg Times columnist Jeff Klinkenberg on Monday, March 22, 4 p.m. and an Open Mic Night on Monday, April 19, 4 p.m.
For more information, call Dr. Charlotte Pressler, professor, English/Humanities, at 863-784-7247.