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Novelist Robert Hellenga to present reading at Moravian College

Robert Hellenga(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)--Moravian College's Arts and Lectures Committee will hold a Readings from The Fall of a Sparrow, by author Robert Hellenga. The readings will take place on Wednesday October 24, 2001, at 8 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building, at W. Locust and Monocacy streets. The reading is free and open to the public. Hellenga's book, The Fall of a Sparrow, is available in Moravian College bookstore.

Hellenga grew up in Three Oaks, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan and later received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton. He also was the director of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Florence Programs in Florence, Italy. He now resides with his wife in Galesburg, Illinois where he teaches English at Knox College.

The Fall of a Sparrow is about Woody Woodhull, whose daughter was killed in the terrorist bombing of the train station in Bologna in 1980. The story triangulates the explosion, Woodhull's earlier life and the period, and seven years after the tragedy. Woody is a teacher who has a hard time dealing with this death and immerses himself in blues music in the healing process. He has an affair with a student and feels he has done nothing wrong when he reads the new sexual harassment policy. Woody deals with the grief but has a problem with the terrorist still being alive and unrepentant. The book is full of absurdly hilarious parts and painfully moving parts.

For more information, call (610) 861-1491, or visit www.moravian.edu