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March 5: Noted author is first Nora Roberts Writer-in-Residence

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning author whose stories have been included in a number of noted anthologies and collections is the first Nora Roberts Writer-in-Residence at Hood College.

Patricia Merritt Lear, a 1966 graduate of Hood College, will be on campus for two weeks in March to meet with students in creative and fiction writing classes; conduct readings and book signings; and share insights about literary trends and the publishing industry with faculty, staff and alumni.

Among the many scheduled events, three will be open to the public. They include a reception held in Lear's honor March 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of Hood's Beneficial-Hodson Library and Information Technology Center; a meet-and-greet the author, discussion about current literary trends and a reception March 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center; and a reading and book signing March 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the College's Marx Center.

Lear is a faculty mentor at the University of Nebraska, where she teaches students in the master of fine arts in writing program. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W and So Forth, which was named a New York Times Book Review notable book and was included in its 1992 summer reading list. Her stories have also been published in TriQuarterly and The Antioch Review, and she has written for The New York Times Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Allure, New City and the Chicago Tribune Book Review.

Lear has received a number of fellowships to writers' conferences, residential artist colonies and working retreat centers.

The program is made possible in part by The Nora Roberts Foundation, which established an endowed fund to support a writer-in-residence.

For more information, contact Martha Bari, Ph.D., assistant professor of art and director of first-year programming, at