New York Times Best-Selling Author to Appear at Westminster
New York Times best-selling author Ron Hansen will give a reading of his latest book, She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Lecture Hall of the Coulter Science Center on the Westminster College campus.
The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Westminster English Department.
“We of the English Department are very pleased with our good fortune in being able to bring such a distinguished and recognized author to campus,” says Dr. Deb Brenegan, Associate Professor & Chair of the Westminster English Department. “Ron will not only give an interesting presentation to those in attendance but as a writer well represented in the publishing world and an instructor of writing himself can offer valuable advice to those budding writers.”
The New York Times calls Hansen’s work “luminous” and Chicago Tribune has hailed his writing as “brilliant.”
His book The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford became a well-received film starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.
Kirkus Book Reviews says: “This collection of 19 stories could be roughly divided into two types: Midwest realism and noirish entertainments.”
Two of Hansen’s novels, Mariette in Ecstasy and Atticus, have made the best sellers lists and Atticus was recognized as a National Book Award finalist in 1996.
Born and reared in Nebraska, Hansen graduated from a Jesuit high school and went to Creighton University where he earned an English degree.
During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Huachuca, AZ and then thanks to the GI Bill was able to enroll at the Iowa Writers Workshop where he became friends with author John Irving.
While making ends meet as a traveling textbook salesman, he published his first novel Desperadoes.
In 1977, he was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in creative writing at Stanford University where he remained until 1981.
He worked in a series of teaching jobs until a permanent position became available at the University of California Santa Cruz in 1989.
In 1996, Santa Clara University made him an endowed chair, the first to hold the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor of Arts and Humanities position. He has completed a master’s degree in spirituality at the University and teaches writing and serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister there.
Hansen is married to a writer, Bo Caldwell, and lives in San Jose, CA.