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Critically Acclaimed Author to Give Reading March 11


February 22, 2010
Press Release #10-031

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Prolific Canadian author Jonathan Bennett will read from his works as part of the St. Mary's College of Maryland VOICES Reading Series at 8:15 p.m., Thursday, March 11, 2010, in the Daugherty-Palmer Commons. Bennett's latest novel is Entitlement: a novel (2008), and he was the winner of the 2008 K.M. Hunter Artists' Award in Literature. This event is free and open to the public.

 Bennett is the author of three previous books, including the critically acclaimed novel After Battersea Park; a book of poetry, Here is my street, this tree I planted; and a collection of short stories, Verandah People, which was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first collection of stories by a Canadian author. His writing also has appeared in many periodicals and journals, including the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature, and Descant.

Born in Vancouver and raised in Sydney, Australia, Bennett lives in Peterborough, Ontario, and will teach at the Humber School for Writers in Toronto in the book-length correspondence program in May 2010.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college, offering "an Ivy-level College with a public-school price tag" (Newsweek).

Some 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities, and an SAT average for student admissions of 1848. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.