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WHO: Valparaiso University alumnus and award-winning novelist and essayist Fredrick Barton ’70 will speak as part of Valpo’s Christ College Symposium series.

Fredrick Barton is an award-winning fiction writer and critic. He holds a B.A. and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Valparaiso University and did graduate work under a Danforth Fellowship, earning degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is the author of seven books, including the volume of essays “Rowing to Sweden” and the novels “The El Cholo Feeling Passes,” “Courting Pandemonium,” “Black and White on the Rocks,” and “A House Divided,” which won the William Faulkner Prize. Other awards include the Award of Excellence from the Association of Religious Journals for his feature essay “Breaches of Faith” about recovery efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. His fifth novel, “In the Wake of the Flagship,” will be published in 2014.

WHAT: In a lecture titled “A Writer and His Work,” Barton will read excerpts from two of his novels and discuss his life and work as a writer. There is no cost to attend.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mueller Hall Refectory, Valparaiso University