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Forum staff reports, Published March 15 2013

Concordia to present national book awards

MOORHEAD – Concordia College will present the eighth annual National Book Awards at an event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Knutson Campus Center.

The 2012 National Book Award winner for fiction, Louise Erdrich, and Domingo Martinez, a National Book Award finalist for nonfiction, will be on campus for the featured Readings and Conversation hosted by National Public Radio’s Neal Conan. Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, also will take part.

Erdrich won the fiction award for “The Round House.” She has written 14 novels, as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books and a memoir of early motherhood. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award for “Love Medicine,” previously was a finalist for the National Book Award, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Martinez was a finalist for his memoir “The Boy Kings of Texas.” His work has appeared in Epiphany, and he has contributed to The New Republic. He has read pieces from the book on NPR’s “This American Life,” and an excerpt also was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.

Neal Conan is the award-winning host of “Talk of the Nation,” the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News. Conan brings three decades of news and radio experience to the show, which reaches

3.4 million listeners a week on more than 300 NPR member stations.

The presentation is free and open to the public.