Teju Cole Brings International Lens to University of Idaho

Friday, November 1 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Internationally acclaimed novelist and photographer Teju Cole will read his work and sign books Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom at the Menard Law Building on the University of Idaho campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“Teju has a unique and powerful way of seeing our world,” said Doug Heckman, University of Idaho MFA Creative Writing program director. “He demonstrated this skill in his award-winning novel ‘Open City,’ where he allows us see New York City in astounding detail.”

Cole has received numerous awards and recognitions as both a writer and a photographer. He is the author of two books, a novella, “Every Day is for the Thief,” and a novel, “Open City.” “Open City” has been translated into 10 languages, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book was also named one of the best books of 2011 by the New Yorker, the New York Times, Time and over 20 other major publications.

Cole has taken master classes with some of the world’s leading photographers and shown his photographs internationally. Cole’s work was included in a recent tribute to Robert Capa by the International Center for Photography.

Cole 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: www.uidaho.edu/class/english/ or contact Heckman at dheckman@uidaho.edu.

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