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Valerie Laken at Writers in the Library

Monday, 25 February, 2013

Valerie Laken will read at UT's Writers in the Library, Monday, February 25th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Valerie Laken is the author of the short story collection Separate Kingdoms (Harper, 2011), and the novel Dream House (Harper, 2009). She holds degrees in English and Russian from the University of Iowa and in Creative Writing and Slavic Literature from the University of Michigan. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Valerie Laken has traveled throughout the world. She has worked and studied in Moscow, Prague, Krakow, Madison, and now teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Creative Writing program. 

Her work has appeared in PloughsharesThe Missouri ReviewAlaska Quarterly ReviewThe Writer, and The Chicago Tribune. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, an Anne Powers Prize, two Hopwood Awards, a Missouri Review Editors' Prize, and an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories.

Her short story collection Separate Kingdoms has been met with wide acclaim. The Chicago Tribune praises its "fine craftsmanship and powerful insight" and Library Journal calls it "vivid and evocative." Likewise, her novel Dream House has been widely praised. The Kirkus Review says Laken "handles the fraught subjects of class, race, and family bonds with equal candor and sensitivity" and author Charles Baxter calls Dream House "sexy, sharp-eyed, and deeply haunted all at once."

The author will also hold a Q&A session for all interested students, 3-4 p.m., Monday, February 25, in 1210 McClung Tower.


free and open to the public


Hodges Library Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Contact

Martha Rudolph

Phone: 974-4273
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