Author Murr to Visit Campus
January 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Author Naeem Murr will visit the Illinois Wesleyan University
campus to read selections from and answer questions about his latest novel, The Perfect Man, on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Davidson Room of Memorial Center (104 E. University
St., Bloomington). A group discussion of the book will take place on Thursday at 12:15
p.m. in the Cartwright Room also in Memorial Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
Members of the University’s award-winning chapter of the international English honor
society Sigma Tau Delta selected Murr’s novel for its book club, which is open to
the entire campus. Book club participants were encouraged to read Murr’s novel during
the winter break.
Set primarily in small-town Pisgah, Mo., The Perfect Man follows the life of Rajiv Travers as he is immersed in the troubled relationships
harbored in the Pisgah community.
“This ‘Our Town’-ish locale is an ideal showcase for Murr’s impressive talents, says
the New York Times Book Review. “Murr weaves an elaborate plot, shifting perspective between small-town characters
– adults, outcasts and the handful of teenagers who form the novel’s core.”
Murr has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Missouri, Western Michigan
University, and Northwestern University. He is currently a member of the M.F.A. fiction
program faculty at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2007, he was awarded a Guggenheim
Fellowship. His first novel, The Boy, was a New York Times Notable Book and has been translated into six languages. His The Genius of the Sea was published in 2003, followed by The Perfect Man in 2007. Murr is also the author
of several short fiction works.
For additional information about the event, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more
about Murr or The Perfect Man, visit www.naeemmurr.com.
Contact: Jessica Block, (309) 556-3181