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Wed July 3, 2013
Daughter of the West Adds New Voice to Literature of the Region
Soft-spoken, wide-eyed author Claire Vaye Watkins packs a punch with odd, heart-rending stories set in Nevada and collected in the book Battleborn, which won the 2012 Story Prize, the 2013 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. It was also named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York and Flavorwire, and a Best Short Story Collection by NPR.org. Last year the National Book Foundation named Watkins one of the "5 under 35" best writers. Claire Vaye Watkins teaches at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and her reading for the Murray State MFA program this Saturday at 7 p.m. is open to all. Kate Lochte has conversation with the author.
Claire Vaye Watkins book titled Battleborn, starts with a story woven around the fact that her father Paul followed Charles Manson but left the family before the murders. This March 14th the author received $30,000 in two prestigious awards for literature for Battleborn, set in Nevada. Claire Vaye Watkins reads from her work at Murray State this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Clara M. Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. The MFA Reading Series is open to all.