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Novelist Vernon to read at DWC

A reading by novelist John Vernon at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27 at the Downtown Writer's Center centered around his latest novel, Lucky Billy. It's Vernon's take on famous outlaw, Billy the Kid.

In recent praise for John Vernon's novels, Michael Upchurch of the Seattle Times wrote, "If we're living in a golden age for the historical novel -- and I believe we are -- then one of the genre's most gifted practitioners is American writer John Vernon."

Vernon will read at the DWC in support of his latest novel, Lucky Billy, in which Vernon humanizes America's most infamous anti-hero, finding a truth more remarkable than legend.

John Vernon is the author of 11 books, including the book of poems Ann, the memoir A Book of Reasons, and the novels La Salle, Lindbergh's Son, Peter Doyle, All for Love: Baby Doe and Silver Dollar and The Last Canyon.

His work has appeared in Harper's, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, and many other magazines, journals and newspapers. Two of his books have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and he has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts grants. John Vernon is the 21st faculty member at Binghamton University to be named a Distinguished Professor; he teaches there in the Spring semester each year, and lives for the rest of the year in the mountains of northern Colorado.

This event is free and open to the public. Call 315-474-3851 x 328 for further details.

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