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Author Bruce Holsinger Will Read from his Historical Thriller at W&L

Author and scholar Bruce Holsinger, professor of English at the University of Virginia, will give a Glasgow reading at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

Holsinger will read from his historical thriller, “A Burnable Book.” The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment Fund.

“A Burnable Book” is set in the alleys and halls of medieval London, where the poets Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower spent much of their lives.

David Liss, Edgar Award-winning author of “A Conspiracy of Paper” and “The Last Enchantment” said of “The Burnable Book,” “Everything you want in a work of historical fiction: fascinating, rich in period detail, and propelled by a compulsively engaging story. Even better, it’s clever and witty…a superb entertainment.”

In addition to his fiction writing, Holsinger is the author or editor of six nonfiction books, including “Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism and the War on Terror” (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2007); “The Premodern Condition: Medievalism and the Making of Theory” (University of Chicago Press, 2005); and “Music, Body and Desire in Medieval Culture” (Stanford University Press, 2001). He has also written more than 15 articles and five book reviews.

Holsinger’s work has garnered major awards from the Modern Language Association, the American Musicological Society and the Medieval Academy of America. His research has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is the recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies.

He earned his M.A. from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

The Glasgow Endowment was established by the late Arthur G. Glasgow for the “promotion of the expression of art through pen and tongue.” In the past four decades the endowment has hosted authors including Claudia Emerson, Natasha Trethewey and Raphael Campo.