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October 17, 2011


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Presidential Lecture Series will present local novelist and UMFK alumna, Cathie Pelletier, on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.

Ms. Pelletier’s lecture will be entitled Editors, Agents & Critics: One Writer’s Journey.
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 834-7586.
According to the author, “Many aspiring writers believe that talent and hard work are the necessary ingredients to become a published author. And that’s certainly true. But, writing mostly in solitude for months, even years, most authors are oblivious to the inescapable business of book publishing, which includes agents who are sometimes not very industrious, editors who are overworked and critics who are downright vicious. This lecture will contain stories and insights from one writer whose journey into the world of books began at the end of the road in northern Maine, in the town of Allagash, and led her to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, then Nashville, Tennessee, then Toronto, then Nashville, with stops in between, to end up forty years later back at the end of the road in northern Maine.”
Cathie Pelletier is an award-winning novelist. She was selected last year as the first Waneta Blake Visiting Professor of Writing by UMFK’s Arts and Humanities Division. She is a 1976 alumna of UMFK.
The annual Presidential Lecture Series at UMFK was launched to provide a platform for intellectual discourse among campus community participants, as part of UMFK’s Strategic Plan for Excellence. The series fosters an environment of academic inquiry and excellence, featuring a variety of renowned scholars, speakers, authors, and poets.