PITTSBURGH (November 12, 2012)…. Lan Samantha Chang, Melanie Brown Lecturer for 2012, will read from a collection of fiction writing on Nov 14 at 8 p.m. at Chatham University in the Welker Room of the James Laughlin Music Hall on the Shadyside campus. The public is invited to share in the celebration of her two novels, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost and Inheritance, as well as her story collection, Hunger. The reading is sponsored by Chatham’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
Chang’s fiction has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Story, and The Best American Short Stories 1994 and 1996. Hunger was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award and the winner of the Southern Review Fiction Prize. Inheritance won the PEN/Beyond Margins Prize for the Novel. She is the recipient of a Bunting Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has taught fiction writing at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the MFA Program for Writing at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa and director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
About The Browns
Melanie and Fred R. Brown are life-long residents of Western Pennsylvania. Avid readers, the Browns began collecting contemporary American and international literary fiction and mysteries in the early 1980s. In February 2010, they generously donated the collection to Chatham University. The Melanie and Fred R. Brown Special Collection of Literary Fiction is permanently housed in the Jennie King Mellon Library, the primary research, study, and resource center for the Chatham community.
The donation of their treasured book collection enhanced the Browns’ relationship with Chatham, which began with the establishment of the Melanie Brown Lecturer in 2008. Each year, the endowed fund supports a two-day campus visit by an established author whose fiction writing is guided by a strong sense of place.
About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.
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