Heidelberg to welcome award-winning author

Heidelberg University is to host Edgar-winning author Megan Abbott March 26.

“Abbott is the third important author to come to Heidelberg in the past three years,” Doug Collar, associate English professor, said. “Our goal is to bring world-class writers to campus for high impact, culturally enriching experiences for our students and the greater Tiffin community.”

The visit has been made possible by a grant from Jean Gekler and Brooks Gekler to the Heidelberg English Department.

“Last year we hosted Thurber award-winning humorist Ian Frazier,” Collar said. “Before that, playwright-actress Heather Raffo performed her one-woman version of Nine Parts of Desire.”

Abbott is the author of the novels “Queenpin,” “The Song Is You,” “Die a Little,” “Bury Me Deep” and “The End of Everything.” Her latest novel, “Dare Me,” was chosen by Entertainment Weekly and Amazon as one of the Best Books of 2012 and is soon to be a major motion picture.

Born in the Detroit area, Abbott graduated from the University of Michigan and received her doctoral degree in English and American literature from New York University. She has taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. In 2013, she will serve as the John Grisham Writer in Residence at The University of Mississippi.

Abbott has been writing her whole life.

“I do not remember a time when I wasn’t writing,” Abbott said. “My dad was a writer and we were the type of household where there was always a book around.”

Abbott will hold a master class 9:30-11 a.m. March 26 in Herbster Chapel located in Pfleiderer Hall. The event is free and open to the public. She also will visit several classes, including Collar’s American Mystery class and Film Noir Honors, Ruth Wahlstrom’s Women Writers and Julie O’Reilly’s Women and Gender Studies.

Abbott will be featured in “An Evening With Megan Abbott” at 7:30 p.m. in Rickly Chapel. She will read from her work and discuss her career to date. Following, will be a book signing in the University Hall lobby.

Abbott is also the author of a non-fiction book -“The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction” and “Film Noir” – and the editor of “A Hell of a Woman,” an anthology of female crime fiction. She has been nominated for three Edgar Awards, Hammett Prize, the Macavity, Anthony and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Pushcart Prize.

“Part of the Heidelberg mission is to place our students at the great centers of commerce and creativity,” Collar said. “Through the generosity of the Gekler grant, we can now bring masters like Ian Fraizier and Megan Abbott from New York City to our campus to engage our students in powerful, high-impact meetings and conversations that will inspire their own talents and propel them toward their own promising futures in the world beyond the university.”