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Writer returns to Las Cruces to give reading from new book

Poet, fiction writer and memoirist Henry Shukman will give a reading from his new book at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in Hardman Hall Room 106 on the New Mexico State University campus.

, who holds a master's degree in creative writing from NMSU, has recently published a collection of stories titled "Mortimer of the Maghreb."

According to Random House online, "Mortimer of the Maghreb" is "a collection of psychologically complex, often darkly comic stories that take us into the self-made Edens of travelers whose certain paths around the world lead invariably back to the uncertain self."

Along with Shukman, third year NMSU Master of Fine Arts student Norissa Lears will read from her thesis, a collection of poetry.

A native of England, Shukman has worked as a trombonist, trawler man and travel writer. Among his works are "Sons of the Moon" and "In Dr. No's Garden," which won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was named Book of the Year by the London Times and The Guardian.

The reading is sponsored by La Sociedad para las Artes in the NMSU English department. The reading is free and open to the public.

For more information call (505) 646-2027.

Allyn West
Sept. 19, 2006