Author to discuss prize-winning novel, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” Sept. 10

438_Anthony_Marra_01The Baker-Nord Center for Humanities will host author Anthony Marra on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309.

Marra will read from and discuss his book, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction. The novel, set in a nearly abandoned hospital in war-torn Chechnya in 2004, tells the story of 8-year-old Havaa, the neighbor who rescues her after her father’s disappearance, and Sonia, the doctor who shelters her over five dramatic days.

In addition to the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, The Atlantic’s Student Writing Contest, and the Narrative Prize, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently a Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford University.

More information on Marra’s talk can be found on the Baker-Nord Center website.