New York Times bestselling novelist Andre Dubus III, author of six award winning books, visits Middlesex Community College to discuss his memoir “Townie: How Writing Saved Me From a Life of Violence”.
The event will be held April 20 at 12:15 p.m. in MxCC’s Chapman Hall Room 808, located at 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown. Dubus will read from his memoir “Townie: How Writing Saved Me from a Life of Violence”, followed by a discussion, book sale and signing. After the reading, Dubus will lead a creative writing workshop from 2 to 2:50 p.m. The event, sponsored by MxCC’s Honors Program and Creative Writing Club, is funded in part by a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council. The event is free and open to the public.
Dubus’ parents divorced when he was young, leaving him and his three siblings to live with their mother in a Massachusetts mill town that had been overcome with drugs and violence. Wanting to protect himself and his family, Dubus learned to fight and became a boxer. His skills were so refined that Dubus became afraid of his ability to fight and sought another way to escape the violence of the streets. Through weekly visits with his father, a professor at a nearby university, Dubus soon learned that the only escape from the violence was writing. Click here for a detailed biography and interview.
Dubus has penned six award winning books, including New York Times bestselling titles “House of Sand and Fog” (1999), “Townie: How Writing Saved Me From a Life of Violence” (2011), and “The Garden of Last Days” (2008). Dubus’ work also includes novels “The Cage Keeper and Other Stories” (1989), “Bluesman” (1993), and his most recent book, “Dirty Love” (2013).