Fiction writer Joseph Bates plans visit to NMU

10169449_10101609737040938_2670862495154560543_nThe Visiting Writers Series is excited to host fiction writer Joseph Bates this Thursday, April 17, at 7pm in the University Center.

Joseph Bates is the author of TOMORROWLAND: STORIES (Curbside Splendor 2013) and THE NIGHTTIME NOVELIST (Writer’s Digest 2010). His short fiction has appeared in such journals as The Rumpus, New Ohio Review, Identity Theory, South Carolina Review, Fresh Boiled Peanuts, and InDigest Magazine. He teaches in the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


“The world is going to end, and lucky for us Joseph Bates’s amazing Tomorrowland is here to let us know what we should do to prepare: in this collection, people dress up as Elvis, go to fantasy baseball camp, send twelve-stepping questionnaires to their exes – all fantastic solutions to unsolvable problems. This book lets us know that the end is coming, and that it’s all our fault, because we are small, but Tomorrowland itself is not small: it is a large-hearted, brilliant, hilarious, somehow redemptive look at how we don’t deserve redemption but will take it anyway if it comes our way, which it probably won’t. But even if it doesn’t, at least we have this book, which I love. You will, too.”

– Brock Clarke, author of Exley and An Arsonists’ Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England

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