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Julie Schumacher + Ethan Rutherford

August 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher’s eighth novel, is an epistolary satire of academia that has been earning—as the title of a Slate review puts it, “Strongest possible endorsement.” Made up of letters of recommendation written by a beleaguered literature professor (whose promising career in fiction is now just a fading memory), the book is a bitingly witty portrait of a dying English department and the embittered man who dwells in its decomposing innards. As Professor Fitger writes his oft-counterproductive endorsements, his letters slowly become more unbalanced and autobiographical, giving the reader glimpses into his past. Praised as a “mordant minor masterpiece,” by NPR, it sounds like the sort of book you should perhaps hurry up and finish during the summer—when the worn-out cynicism of the letter-writing professor seems more removed from the reality of your everyday working life. Schumacher will be joined in discussion by Ethan Rutherford, author of The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories.


August 21, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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