Lincroft, NJ, September 7, 2010 – Brookdale Community College’s celebrated Visited Writers Series for Fall 2010 has announced the season opening will feature fiction writer Rick Moody. He will read on October 13 at 7 p.m. in the Warner Student Life Center Navesink rooms I&II.
Moody’s newest book, The Four Fingers of Death, is a “stunningly inventive, sometimes hilarious, monumental novel.” His earlier works include six published novels, two short story collections and a memoire.
Moody wrote his first novel, Garden State, about young people growing up in the industrial wasteland of northern New Jersey where he was living at the time.
He is best known for his 1994 novel The Ice Storm, a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families over Thanksgiving weekend in 1973. In 2006, Arizona State Senator Thayer Verschoor cited complaints he had received about The Ice Storm as part of the reason he supported a measure allowing students to refuse assignments they find “personally offensive” though Verschoor said that, “There’s no defense of the book. I can’t believe anyone would come up here and try to defend that kind of material.” Eventually, numerous professors did just that. The novel brought Moody widespread acclaim, became a best seller and was made into a feature film of the same title.
In 2001, Moody co-founded the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award with Ethan Hawks, Hannah McFarland and Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. He is the recipient of numerous literary awards and has taught at the State University of New York at Purchase and Bennington College.
The Visiting Writers Series presentations feature a complimentary coffee and biscotti bar. The event is free; $3 donation is suggested for the Brookdale Community College Creative Writing Club. The monies are used to underwrite educational field trips for students. The Office of Student Life and Activities, the English Department and the Creative Writing Club co-sponsor the Series.