Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hearing Voices with Laura McHugh and William Claassen

Join us at Orr Street Studios at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, for readings of fiction by Laura McHugh and travel writing by William Claassen.

Laura McHugh’s debut novel, The Weight of Blood, will be published by Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau in 2014. The novel will also be published in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and the U.K. Her short fiction has appeared in Confrontation and Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. A former software developer, she now lives the glamorous life of a stay-at-home mom in Columbia, Missouri, where she is at work on her second book.

William Claassen's most recent book, Journey Man: A World Calling (Cornel & Willliams), is a gutsy, humorous, and sometimes tragic odyssey that begins on an Israeli collective farm in 1974. Years later, it draws to close at an all-night peyote ceremony on a Native American Reservation. The odyssey takes the reader into nine countries, on four continents, over a span of three decades. Claassen, a nomad raised on the Kansas plains, has tread numerous paths over the years. From community organizing in the South and stage acting in the East to tree planting in the Northwest and development work abroad.

Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr St. in downtown Columbia, Mo. Join us every Tuesday evening during the academic year for literary readings and visual-arts presentations.

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