Friday 30, 2009
            MARQUETTE, Mich.—Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler will read from his new novel, "Hell," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Women's Federated Clubhouse in Marquette. The event is free and open to the public.

Butler is the author of 11 novels, five story collections and a book on the creative process, "From Where You Dream." In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and National Magazine Awards in 2001 and 2005, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Linda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

His uproarious new novel, "Hell," is set in the underworld. Its main character, Hatcher McCord, is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. He's not the only one to suffer this fate. In fact, he's surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters, including Humphrey Bogart, William Shakespeare and almost all of the popes and most of the U.S. presidents. The question may be not who is in Hell but who isn't. McCord is living with Anne Boleyn in the afterlife but their happiness is, of course, constantly derailed by her obsession with Henry VIII (and the removal of her head at rather inopportune moments). Copies of "Hell" will be available for purchase at the reading from Snowbound Books.

The Northern Michigan University Department of English and Passages North literary magazine are sponsoring the reading. For more information, please call Rebecca Johns, director of the NMU Visiting Writers' Program, at 227-1795 or rtrissle@nmu.edu.

Kristi Evans
News Director