Adam Johnson, Novelist and Whiting Writers’ Award Winner, to Read at University of Idaho April 10

Friday, March 29 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Novelist and short story writer Adam Johnson will read from his work and sign books Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom at the Menard Law Building on the University of Idaho campus.

“Adam is writing some of the most engaging, most important American fiction,” said Doug Heckman, MFA creative writing program director. “His writing is courageous, funny and heartbreaking. He examines universal concerns by delivering incredibly detailed characters.”

The reading is free and open to the public.

Johnson is the author of “Emporium,” a short-story collection, and the novel “Parasites Like Us,” which won a California Book Award. His latest novel “The Orphan Master's Son” was a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Playboy, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House and Best American Short Stories.

A Whiting Writers’ Award winner and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Johnson is an associate professor of English with an emphasis in creative writing at Stanford University.

Johnson will visit the University of Idaho campus as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writer series. Sponsored by the University of Idaho English Department, the Distinguished Visiting Writer series brings writers of national significance to work with University of Idaho students and present their work at a public reading.

For more information on this and other MFA Creative Writing events and programs, please visit: or contact Heckman at
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