FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farminton Writers Guild and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will feature author Justin Tussing as the next author in its 2011-12 Visiting Writers Series.

Tussing will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Tussing’s debut novel, “The Best People in the World,” was awarded the 2006 Ken Kesey Award for the Novel and was regarded in a New York Times review as “one bright book of exuberant American life.” In 2005, he was among the writers selected to be showcased in The New Yorker’s annual Debut Fiction issue. Tussing’s first published stories are “The Artificial Cloud,” published in TriQuarterly, and “The Tiny Man,” published in Third Coast, both appearing in the spring of 2000.

Tussing taught literature and creative writing at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., and is a full-time English professor at the University of Southern Maine.

This event is sponsored by the Writer’s Guild, a UMF interdisciplinary club that sponsors the spring Visiting Writers Series readings.

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