Charles D'Ambrosio

2011 Jerome Irving Bank Reading

Sponsored by Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
7:30 p.m.

Charles D’Ambrosio, one of America's most respected and beloved younger fiction writers, comes to Franklin & Marshall to give a reading of his own work and announce the winner(s) of this year’s annual Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Contest.

D'Ambrosio is the author of two collections of short stories: The Point (1995), a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and The Dead Fish Museum (2006), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is also the author of a book of essays, Orphans (2005). Many of his short stories originally appeared in The New Yorker, and have been selected for The Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Portland State University.

The Bank Short Story Prize was endowed by Lawrence H. Bank, Esq. ’65 to honor and preserve the memory of his late brother, Jerome Irving Bank, Esq. Jerome Bank, a graduate of Hobart and of the New York University School of Law, always wanted to be a writer, but died before realizing this dream. Each year, any F&M student can submit a work to be judged. The winner of the $1,000 Bank Prize is chosen by a visiting short story fiction writer. Larry Bank hopes the Bank Prize will encourage students to take a chance by following a dream, something that he, too, wishes he had tried a long time ago.

This event is open to the public.

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