Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 19, 2013—Megan Mayhew Bergman will give a fiction reading on Tuesday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3, on the Williams College campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Bergman is the author of a short story collection titled Birds of a Lesser Paradise, which was selected for the Spring 2012 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers collection and Amazon’s Best Books of March 2012 list. The collection was also an Indie Next Pick for March. Birds of a Lesser Paradise features stories that illustrate a wide range of interactions between humans and the animal world. In her review of the collection for The New York Times, Polly Rosenwaike wrote, “Bergman provides alluring glimpses into the strangeness, the ruthlessness, of the animal kingdom.” Bergman’s debut has received praise in reviews in the Huffington Post, Booklist Review, Kirkus Reviews, and Publisher’s Weekly.
Her works have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, Best American Short Stories (2011), New Stories from the South (2012), Ploughshares, One Story, Oxford American, and Kenyon Review. Bergman has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. She was a fiction scholar and fellow at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference at Middlebury College and also received a fellowship from Millany Colony for the Arts. Bergman is currently working on her forthcoming novel Shepherd, Wolf.
Bergman graduated from Wake Forest University and completed graduate degrees at Duke University and Bennington College. A North Carolina native, Bergman currently resides in Shaftsbury, Vermont.
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