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Bethlehem, Pa., March 23, 2010— Ginger Strand author of Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power & Lies will visit Moravian College and present a public reading on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building, UBC room. A contributing editor at Orion, she is author of a novel, Flight, anda 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Nonfiction. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.
Inventing Niagara traces the path of America's best-loved natural wonder from sublime icon to engineering marvel to camp spectacle. Strand seamlessly weaves together science, history, aesthetics, and personal narrative. Along the way, readers discover a hidden history: the Mohawk chief who wrested the Falls from his adopted tribe, the revered town father who secretly assisted Niagara slavecatchers, the wartime workers who unknowingly helped build the Bomb, and the missing pharaoh who spent a century incognito at the Falls. With an uncanny ability to zero in on the buried truth, Ginger Strand introduces us to underwater dams, freaks of nature, graverobbers, mythical maidens, and 280,000 radioactive mice. A history of more than just the Falls, Inventing Niagara traces the course of natural wonder in America, illuminating what the Falls have to tell us about our history, our environment, and ourselves.
Ginger Strand grew up in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, but mostly on a farm in Michigan. She has published essays and fiction in many places, including Harper's, The Believer, The Iowa Review, The New England Review, and Orion, where she is a contributing editor. A former fellow in the Behrman Center for the Humanities at Princeton, she has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the Eisenhower Foundation, and the American Antiquarian Society, as well as residency grants from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in New York City.
On Wednesday April 14., Strand will to speak to students in creative nonfiction, fiction writing, and writing and/as activism during class times. Her visit is co-hosted by the Moravian College English Department.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.