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Author Visit with John Smolens

Posted on April 11, 2017 – 6:21 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to an evening of readings and discussions with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee John Smolens on Wednesday, April 12, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Smolens’ presentation will focus on POW camps in Michigan and particularly the ones that were located in the Upper Peninsula during World War II. He will read from his latest book, Wolf’s Mouth, which is set in the POW camp that was in Au Train. Wolf’s Mouth was selected as a Library of Michigan Notable Book for 2017.


Smolens has published ten works of fiction, and his short stories and essays have appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal of Literature and Art, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post and more. His work has been translated into Dutch, Greek, Italian, and Turkish. Smolens holds degrees from Boston College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Iowa. He has been teaching in the English Department at Northern Michigan University in Marquette since 1996 and has given writing workshops devoted to Creative Non-Fiction, Memoir, and Travel Writing.


There will be a book signing and selling after the presentation. For more information, visit his website at


Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit




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