Thursday, May 22, 2008, 7 p.m.
Ron Hansen was born and raised in Nebraska and educated at Creighton University, the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, and at Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellow. He is the author of the novels Desperadoes, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mariette in Ecstasy, Atticus, Hitler’s Niece, the screwball comedy Isn’t it Romantic? and his newest novel Exiles, on the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and the shipwreck of the Deutschland. He has published a children’s book, The Shadowmaker, a book of stories, Nebraska, and a collection of essays, A Stay against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction; and he has edited two short story anthologies, You don’t Know what Love Is and You’ve Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories That Held Them in Awe. He was presented an Award in Literature from the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters. Ron Hansen is the Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. Professor in the English Department at Santa Clara University and has taught fiction and screen writing at Stanford, Cornell, and other universities. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author.