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Award-Winning Novelist Dr. Ann Pancake to Read from Novel, "Strange As This Weather Has Been"

Award-Winning Novelist Dr. Ann Pancake to Read from Novel, "Strange As This Weather Has Been"

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     Award-winning fiction writer and essayist Dr. Ann Pancake will read from her new novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 6 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center Heritage Hall.

     Strange As This Weather Has Been is a successful blend of art and political activism, focusing on strip mining in Southern West Virginia and the negative impact it has had on the mountain culture there.

     “Dr. Pancake is fiercely intelligent, and her writing is accessible and carries a powerful emotional charge.  She writes about things that matter deeply—the destruction of our land and our culture, and how people survive in the face of disaster,” said Dr. Michael Cox, UPJ assistant professor of English.

     Strange As This Weather Has Been is Dr. Pancake’s second book.  Her collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fiction Prize and was published in 2001.  She also received a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  She earned a BA in English literature from West Virginia University, MA in English literature from University of North Carolina and PhD in English literature from the University of Washington.  She has taught in several countries in Asia and currently is living in Seattle and teaching at Pacific Lutheran University in its low-residency MFA Program.

     For further information, contact Dr. Michael W. Cox at UPJ, (814) 269-7159 or

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