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'Words On Fire' Series

SUNY Plattsburgh welcomes Berkeley, California's Elizabeth Rosner to campus Friday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. Rosner is the first of three writers featured in the “Words On Fire” series hosted by Feinberg Library in its third-floor Reading Room.

An author known for her work in multiple genres, the daughter of Holocaust survivors has explored the topic in her poems, essays and fiction. “Speed of Light,” her bestselling first novel, was translated into nine languages and won the Borders Original Voices Award.

In 2002, “Speed of Light” won the Harold U. Ribalow Prize administered by Haddassah magazine and judged by Elie Weisel, N. Scott Momaday, and Myla Goldberg, among other prizes. This fall, she has published both a new book of poetry, “Gravity,” and a novel, “Electric City,” which is about an upstate New York town in the 1960s and features a character who is a protégé of Thomas Edison.

Rosner's powerful and original voice has won her the admiration of many, including recently being described as “A bright literary light" by Jennifer Gilmore, author of “Mothers.” It's a fitting accolade for a writer who has taken on the dawn of electricity and its legacy for one town as a topic.

Upcoming in the “Words on Fire” series: Mark Holden of SUNY Plattsburgh's English department will be featured on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Luke Cyphers of the college's journalism department will be featured on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

For information, contact Tim Hartnett, associate librarian, SUNY Plattsburgh, at 518-564-5205 or [email protected].

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