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Nonfiction Writer Cathy Day to Kick Off Pitt-Johnstown Fall Reading Series

Nonfiction Writer Cathy Day to Kick Off Pitt-Johnstown Fall Reading Series

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     Cathy Day, an assistant professor of creative writing in the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh, will read from her 2008 nonfiction book Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love (Free Press), at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center University Room.

     In her book, she describes how she followed the Indianapolis Colts during their Super Bowl season while building a social network that revolved around the games.

     Born and raised in Indiana, Ms. Day earned a BA from DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., and her MFA from the University of Alabama.   At Pitt, she teaches courses on fiction writing and contemporary literature.  Her first book, The Circus in Winter, a short story collection published by Harcourt in 2004, is a fictionalized history of her hometown, Peru, Ind.

     Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated has said of Ms. Day’s book Comeback Season, “If anything could possibly be sweeter than a Colts Super Bowl win, it’s reading Cathy Day’s Comeback Season.  Tighter than a Manning spiral, truer than a Vinatieri kick, more poignant than a Dungy halftime speech, this book is a winner.”  Regarding the book’s more personal side, novelist Alicia Erian has said, “Cathy Day has delivered an immensely readable and thought-provoking meditation on what it means to be smart and single in the early 21st century.  Comeback Season reinvigorates feminist literature for the modern woman—and through the unlikely lens of football, no less.  This book deserves many stadiums’ worth of readers.”

     Ms. Day is the first reader in a series being held on the Pitt-Johnstown campus this fall, sponsored by the Program in Creative and Professional Writing.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

     For more information on Ms. Day visit  For addition information on the reading series, contact Dr. Michael W. Cox, Pitt-Johnstown, at 814-269-7159 or

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/26/2008 3:10:00 PM