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Novelist Peter Orner
Author to read from new novel, "The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo," May 16
May 08, 2006

GALESBURG -- Author Peter Orner will read from his new novel, "The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo," at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, in the Bookfellow Room, Seymour Library, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. The reading is free and open to the public.

"The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo," Orner's first novel, is about a teacher who has volunteered to work in a all-boys Catholic school in Namibia, shortly after the African nation achieved its independence in 1991. In a review for the American Library Association, critic Hazel Rochman wrote that Orner "brings close those who are far from the centers of power."

Orner also is the author of the critically acclaimed "Esther Stories," a collection of 34 stories, some of them as short as one page. Orner has won the Pushcart Prize and one of his stories was selected for The Best American Short Stories of 2001.

The reading is sponsored by the John and Elaine Fellowes Fund.

Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 46 states and 43 nations. Knox's 'Old Main' is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.


Peter Bailley
309 341 7337