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UW Writers Series Brings Celebrated Author James Salter to Laramie

February 20, 2009
Author James Salter will visit UW March 4.

The University of Wyoming's MFA Visiting Writers Series will present a reading by acclaimed author James Salter Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at Second Story Books, 105 Ivinson Ave. Salter will sign his books following the reading.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a book-signing with the author after the reading. Salter will also meet with MFA students for conversation about the writing life during his visit.

After graduating from West Point in 1945, Salter entered the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a fighter pilot, flying more than one hundred combat missions during the Korean War. He chronicled the war in his first novel, "The Hunter"; since then he has published numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the celebrated novel "A Sport and a Pastime," and a powerful memoir, "Burning the Days."

He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1989 for "Dusk and Other Stories," a collection of short fiction. Two Hollywood movies, "The Hunters" and "Boys" are based on stories written by Salter.

Robert Burke, writing in the Bloomsbury Review, called Salter "one of the best writers in this country," and Publishers Weekly describes him as "the author of some of the most esteemed fiction of the past three decades."

The MFA graduate creative writing program serves to mentor a new generation of writers. Each semester, The MFA program's Visiting Writers Series brings distinguished writers and emerging new voices to Wyoming. Recent guests have included Salman Rushdie, B.H. Fairchild, Manuel Munoz, Neela Vaswani and Chris Bachelder.

For more information regarding the reading, visit the MFA Web site at or e-mail Associate Professor Beth Loffreda at

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009

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