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Novelist here to read from "My American Unhappiness"
Monday, November 07, 2011

Dean BakopoulosMy American Unhappiness
Dean Bakopoulos is the author of the new novel, "My American Unhappiness," published by Houghton Mifflin. His website>>


Fiction writer Dean Bakopoulous will give a craft talk and read from his newest novel, "My American Unhappiness," on Thursday, Nov. 10, as part of the Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series at SUNY Fredonia.

Bakopoulous will talk about the craft of writing at 4 p.m. and read from his book at 7 p.m., both events in McEwen Hall Room 202.

Kirkus writes, My American Unhappiness “shimmers with mischief and offbeat charm. A dark entertainment infused by a bluesy yearning for a better America.”

Library Journal writes, “Bakopoulos writes with great heart and a cold eye, and his limpid, ironic prose will appeal to those who like the early work of Martin Amis.”

Dean Bakopoulos is the author of the award-winning debut novel Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, which was a New York Times Notable Book. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.

The founding director of the Wisconsin Book Festival and a former bookseller at Canterbury Bookstore in WI, he is now a professor in the MFA Program for Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University and a visiting profession of fiction at Grinnell.

The Detroit-native has lectured at Michigan, Cornell, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and other universities about the economic and environmental problems facing the post-industrial Rust Belt, and has published related essays and criticism in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The Progressive, The Believer, and Real Simple. His one-act plays, "Phonies" and "Wayside," have been produced at Alley Stage in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

He is currently at work on a book of nonfiction, as well as a television series based on his first novel. 

The Mary Louise White Series is sponsored by the English Department at SUNY Fredonia, thanks to an endowment through the Fredonia College Foundation. Support for Bakopoulos's visit also comes from the Upper Crust Bakery in Fredonia. 


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