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For Immediate Release

Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038


Nationally recognized author Chris Bachelder teaches fiction writing classes at CC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – April 4, 2006 – Colorado College faculty member Chris Bachelder, who was featured on the NPR program “Weekend Edition” in March, will read from his works at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, in McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., on the Colorado College campus. Bachelder was interviewed on the program about his new book, “U.S.!” He also is the author of "Bear v. Shark" and "Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography."

Bachelder’s latest book, “U.S.!” supposes that muckraker Upton Sinclair, author of “The Jungle,” has the power to repeatedly rise from the grave, "oft-resurrected and oft-assassinated" by his followers and foes. A haggard and bullet-ridden Sinclair symbolizes the bedraggled American political left.

His earlier novel, “Bear v. Shark” takes place in a terrifying and hilarious future where Televisions (always capitalized) blare all the time, getting shot is no big deal and language has nearly disintegrated.

Bachelder teaches beginning fiction writing, advanced fiction writing, senior seminar in fiction writing and contemporary American fiction. His talk is part of the Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, and is sponsored by CC alumnus John Ebey and the dean's office.

Additional upcoming authors speaking at Colorado College include:

• Friday, April 14: Antonio Skarmeta
Skarmeta is a Chilean writer and the author of "Ardiente Paciencia" ("Burning Patience"), which was adapted for the film "Il Postino." He will give a talk titled “The Latin American Writer as Diplomat." Sponsored by the Demarest Lloyd Endowed Lecture in the Humanities. 7:30 p.m., Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

• Thursday, April 27: Jim Moore
Moore, whose books include “Lightning at Dinner” and “The Freedom of History,” reads from his works. Part of the Visiting Writers Series. Sponsored by CC alumnus John Ebey and the dean's office. 7 p.m., McHugh Commons, above the Herb 'n' Farm Café in the Western Ridge Housing Complex, 1090 N. Cascade Ave.

• Thursday, May 4: Peter Matthiessen
Matthiessen is an internationally renowned naturalist and novelist, co-founder of “The Paris Review,” winner of the National Book Award, and author of more than 20 works of nonfiction and fiction spanning a half century. His books include "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," "The Snow Leopard," "Far Tortuga," "The Tree Where Man was Born" and "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse." Part of the Visiting Writers Series. Sponsored by CC alumnus John Ebey and the dean's office. 7 p.m., Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. (east of Tutt Library)

All the lectures are free and open to the public. For information, directions or disability accommodations at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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