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Stein Visiting Writer Vikram Seth to read from work Oct. 17

The novelist and poet Vikram Seth, who is at Stanford this quarter as the Creative Writing Program's Stein Visiting Writer, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Kresge Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

Isaac and Madeline Stein endowed the visiting writer series in 2000. Each year, the series brings a distinguished writer to campus for a quarter to teach and conduct a public reading. The first Stein Visiting Writer, Maxine Hong Kingston, came to campus during Winter Quarter of last year.

Seth, whose 1,349-page A Suitable Boy (1993) holds the distinction of being the longest single-volume novel ever published in English, is teaching an undergraduate seminar this quarter titled "Creativity in Literature, Art and Music."

Born in Calcutta, India, Seth was trained as an economist at Stanford, where he studied from 1975 to 1986. He has had three volumes of poetry published Mappings, The Humble Administrator's Garden and All You Who Sleep Tonight as well as a volume of verse that he translated, Three Chinese Poets. A Suitable Boy has sold more than 1 million copies. His most recently published novel is An Equal Music (1999). He also is the author of From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet and The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse.

Seth has lived in England, California, China and India. He currently makes his home in London.

He will hold an informal colloquium at 11 a.m. Nov. 28 in the Terrace Room of Margaret Jacks Hall. This event also is free and open to the public.

For information about either event, call (650) 725-1208.


By John Sanford

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