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Bethlehem, Pa., February 9, 2006—Author Alix Ohlin will read from her first novel, The Missing Person, at Moravian College on Friday, February 24 at 4 p.m. in the College’s Arena Theater. A wine and cheese reception will follow. The Moravian College English Department, in conjunction with the Zinzendorf Society, Writing Center and Sigma Tau Delta, is sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.
Ohlin’s short fiction stories have been published in One Story, Shenandoah, and The Massachusetts Review as well as New American Voices 2004 and Best American Short Stories 2005. Her writing has earned her fellowships and awards from prestigious sources like The Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, The Kenyon Review’s Writers Workshop, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Ohlin’s newest collection of short stories, Babylon and Other Stories is due out in July.
The Missing Person tells the story of Lynn Fleming, an art history graduate student living in New York. When she finds out that her younger brother, Wylie, is missing, she returns home to Albuquerque to help with the search. In the process of finding him, Lynn becomes involved with Wylie’s friend and fellow eco-warrior Angus. Lynn finds herself torn between her sympathy for their cause to save the desert environment and her disapproval of their fanaticism.
The Montreal-born Ohlin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature in language from Harvard University. After working for several years in publishing, writing, and editing, she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. In addition to writing fiction, she presently teaches creative writing, screenwriting, literature, and film at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The Arena Theater is located in the Haupert Union Building of Moravian’s Main Street Campus. Copies of The Missing Person will be available after the reading.