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Prominent author and Amarillo native George Saunders to be focus of WT English class

CANYON — Registration is open now for a West Texas A&M University graduate class on a world-renowned author and Amarillo native. “Seminar in Major Authors: George Saunders–His Work, Influences and Impact” will be offered online from 6 to 8:40 p.m. Mondays in the spring semester by Dr. Ryan Brooks, associate professor of English and codirector of graduate studies in English.

“Saunders is one of the most influential and celebrated, not to mention funniest and strangest, fiction writers in the world,” Brooks said. “We’ll examine his depictions of 21st century working-class life, among other topics, and consider how those depictions may have been shaped by his time in the Panhandle. His speculative fiction also crosses over into horror and science fiction, so we’ll be reading and discussing a wide variety of genres.”

George Saunders

Saunders, who was born in Amarillo and spent time as a master’s student in WT’s English program in the 1980s, will be the featured speaker for Amarillo College’s Creative Mind Lecture on April 4, to be co-presented by WT’s Distinguished Lecture Series and the Center for the Study of the American West’s Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. April 4 in Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on WT’s Canyon campus.

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