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Aroostook County author John Corrigan to read from new book at UMFK

October 14, 2005


Aroostook County author John Corrigan will read selections from his recently released novel Bad Lie, on Friday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Bengal's Lair at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Bad Lie is the fourth book in a series of novels which look at the life of fictitious golf pro Jack Austin. The first book in the series, Cut Shot, earned positive reviews upon its release in 2001.

In the fall of 2002, Corrigan signed a two-book contract with the University Press of New England, an honor that made him UPNE's first mystery novelist. Snap Hook was released in hardcover in March 2004.

The third Jack Austin mystery, Center Cut, was published in fall of the same year. A fifth novel, Double Cross, is under contract and will be available for the Fall of 2006.

Corrigan was born in Augusta, Maine in 1970. He has worked as a journalist and freelance writer in Dutchess County, New York, and earned a master's of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso.

In 1979, prior to many discoveries in the field of learning disabilities, Corrigan was broadly diagnosed as "learning disabled, presumed dyslexic" - a theme that resonates throughout his Jack Austin series.

Corrigan has published poetry, academic papers, and feature articles. He has presented papers on teaching writing and study skills to dyslexic students at national conferences.

His mystery series is receiving impressive reviews. Publishers Weekly gave its highest recommendation, Corrigan does a wonderful job of portraying the realities of the daily life of professional golfers without slowing down the suspenseful and gripping plot. On top of that notable achievement, he also manages to craft a surprising fair-play solution. You dont have to be a golf fan to enjoy this excellent hard-boiled whodunit. Corrigan provides a fine golfing murder mystery series.

According to the Boston Globe, Corrigan really knows that game, and is willing to share the good, the bad, and the ugly with us.

Corrigan taught literature and writing and directed the visiting writer series at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics from 1998 to 2004. He has since moved on to the Northern Maine Community College, beginning in the fall of 2004.

He has been a regular columnist for Golf Today Magazine since 2002.

Corrigan lives with his wife and two daughters in Presque Isle, and plays golf at Aroostook Valley Country Club, where he carries a single-digit handicap. He is currently at work on the next Jack Austin mystery.

Bad Lie, which will be available for purchase at the UMFK reading and is on sale at the Country Cottage Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Fort Kent.