11/07/2019 Staff

Truth in Fiction, 2019 Bradley R. Dewey Award lecture

Nicholas Montemarano
Professor of English, Franklin & Marshall College
2019 Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship

With ASL Interpretation

Nicholas Montemarano, Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College and recipient of the 2019 Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship, will read from his novels and discuss the process of transforming the actual—public figures and events—into what Tim O’Brien calls “story-truth.” Montemarano will share the triggers for his novels—a racially-motivated murder in Brooklyn, a political scandal, a barbaric act of terrorism—and explain why fiction, more than any other genre, allows him to imagine the private side of public events, turning “headlines” into more intimate stories.

Montemarano is the author of a short story collection, If the Sky Falls, and three novels, most recently The Senator’s Children (Tin House Books, 2017). His short stories have appeared in many magazines, including EsquireZoetrope: All-StoryTin House, and The Southern Review. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

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