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Two professors to hold book signings April 5

3/30/2011 —

The campus bookstore will host a book signing for two Worthington Scranton professors who have recently authored books.

Dr. Philip Mosley and Dr. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes will be at the bookstore on Tuesday, April 5, from noon to 1 p.m. to talk about and read from their newly published works, as well as sign copies of their books.

The Book of Snow, Dr. Mosley's translation of the French poems of Francois Jacqmin was published late last year and he has made several appearances in northeastern Pennsylvania as well as across the country, promoting his new work.  His reading will be accompanied by a classical guitar performance by area musician Jason Smeltzer.

Dr. Rivera-Barnes will be reading from and discussing two of her latest works, Reading and Writing the Latin American Landscape, an academic publication, and her fictional novel, When A Tree Falls.

The professors' books will be on sale at the bookstore and free refreshments will be served.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Dr. Mosley is professor of English and comparative literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton. His translation of The Book of the Snow, is a volume of 112 ten-line poems by Francois Jacqmin and has been published in a bilingual edition by Arc in the UK in its "Visible Poets" series.

The volume has already received a strong notice in the Warwick Review and awaits another in the Times Literary Supplement Jacqmin, who died in 1992, is considered to be one of the foremost Belgian francophone poets of the last 50 years. His poetry is elemental, philosophical, and witty. 

Dr. Rivera-Barnes, an associate professor of Spanish at Penn State Worthington Scranton. She is the author of many scholarly essays on Minor/Minority literature and ecocriticism that have been published in various refereed journals.

She is also the author of three novels and a collection of short stories, a finalist for the 2007 Paterson Fiction prize for her novel Do Not Pass Go, and the recipient of the 2007 International Latino Book Award for that same novel.

When A Tree Falls is Dr. Rivera-Barnes' fifth fictional novel and is an offbeat love story full of oddball characters in absurd situations that is sure to entertain and amuse.

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