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National Book Award Finalist Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum to Give Reading at Pomona College

Author Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, a National Book Award finalist for her novel Madeleine is Sleeping, will present a reading of her work on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., as part of Pomona College’s 2006-07 Literary Series.

Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, Madeleine is Sleeping follows the real and surreal adventures of a girl from a small French village who falls into a triangle of desire and love.

Publishers Weekly described Bynum’s book as “replete with Kafkaesque metamorphoses, Freudian fantasies, Aesopian justice and religious metaphor, the novel is equal parts fairy tale, fable, romance and bildungsroman." Readers “looking for a challenging, unusual read will be thrilled by the imagination and mysterious energy that haunt this remarkable debut.” The Christian Science Monitor reviewed her work as “like a dream, this novel fills the mind with tantalizing ambiguity, haunting images, and innocent longings that are slow to fade."

A graduate of Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Bynum’s fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Best American Short Stories 2004. She is associate professor of writing at the University of California, San Diego.

The event will be held at the Ena Thompson Reading Room in Crookshank Hall (Room 108, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). For further information, call (909) 607-2212.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.