National Book Award finalist Susan Straight will read from her novel Between Heaven and Here (2012) on Thursday, November 14 at 4:15 p.m., in Crookshank 108 (140 W. 6th Street, Claremont), as part of Pomona College's 2013-2014 Literary Series.

Critical praise for Straight's books has been lavish. Kirkus gave Between Heaven and Here a starred review, writing that "Straight employs glorious language and a riveting eye for detail to create a fully realized, totally believable world." Booklist calls Straight, "a cathartic storyteller and impeccable stylist." The New York Times Book Review says, "Straight turns headlines into poetry." The Baltimore Sun hails her as "one of America's gutsiest writers."

Among her awards are: the Gold Medal for Fiction from the San Francisco-based Commonwealth Club; the California Book Prize (past recipients include John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, Wallace Stegner and Amy Tan); the Pushcart Prize; the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; a Guggenheim Fellowship; the Lannan Foundation Award and the O. Henry Prize.

Straight's novels include Take One Candle Light A Room (2010), A Million Nightingales (2006), Highwire Moon (2001), The Gettin' Place (1996), Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights (1995), Aquaboogie (1994) and I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots (1993). She is a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Harper's and Pomona College Magazine.

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