A performance by a Hope jazz group will precede the reading beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In addition, Gordon will participate in a question-and-answer session at 3:30 that afternoon in the Herrick Room on the second floor of the DeWitt Center.
The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.
Gordon’s fourth novel, “Lord of Misrule,” won the prestigious 2010 National Book Award for fiction. The book captures the dusty, dark and beautiful world of small-time horse racing — where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run-down West Virginia track. Gordon’s short story, “A Night’s Work,” which shares a number of characters with “Lord of Misrule,” appeared in Best American Short Stories 1995.
Gordon’s second novel, “She Drove Without Stopping,” brought her an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her third novel, “Bogeywoman,” was on the “Los Angeles Times” Best Books List for 2000, as well as on Context’s booksellers’ list of the Most Important Works of Fiction published that year.
Gordon currently teaches at Western Michigan University and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.