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American Book Review to feature prolific writer, professor

APRILL BRANDON

By APRILL BRANDON
March 21, 2010 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2010 at 10:21 p.m.


The next speaker for the American Book Review is an internationally recognized voice in modern fiction and social commentary.

Curtis White, distinguished professor at Illinois State University, has written several widely acclaimed books, including seven novels, three nonfiction books and more than four dozen essays and short stories, according to the university.

His works have been published by not only academic presses, such as the University of Iowa Press, but also major publishing houses such as HarperCollins and Viking, and smaller presses such as Fiction Collective 2. Among his book titles are "Memories of My Father Watching TV," "The Middle Mind: Why American's Don't Think for Themselves," "Requiem" and most recently "The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money and Crisis of Nature," according to an American Book Review news release.

His essays have appeared in Harper's Magazine, Orion and The Village Voice.

In 2007, White was appointed as a distinguished professor at Illinois State, for his prominence as a public intellectual, his mentorship to young writers and his extensive work and commitment in the small press industry to promote new and experimental writing, according to a 2007 university news release.

He has also won a National Endowment for the Arts and several Illinois Arts Council fellowships.

He has also been featured on National Public Radio and CSPAN.

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