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Published Novelist, McPherson College Alum to Read On Campus March 1

posted Feb 20, 2012 in CAMPUS EVENTS

McPherson College will welcome a successful alum and published author to campus for a special reading in March.

Gary D. Wilson, ’66, has been a professional writer since the 1970s and has taught literature, composition and creative writing at a number of universities and schools. His short stories have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. His debut novel, “Sing, Ronnie Blue” was released in 2007. Wilson currently teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies.

Wilson will read from his work and answer questions from 7 to 8 p.m. March 1 in Friendship Hall on the McPherson College campus.

Dr. Kim Stanley, professor of English and communication, said they were excited that Wilson was coming to visit his alma mater.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to interact with an alum who’s become a successful writer and built a fascinating life for himself,” Dr. Stanley said. “Meeting people like Gary helps students broaden their picture of what people can do in life.”

“Sing, Ronnie Blue” is set during a Fourth of July celebration in the fictional Bartlett’s Junction, Kan., and follows two characters united by friendship, but separated by social class – Ronnie Blue, the son of a local junk yard owner, and John Klein, son of the president of the local bank. It tells of their friendship, their separation and a reunion five years later that results in murder. More information about Wilson and the book is available at

Stephen Dixon, an author twice nominated for the National Book Award, said of Wilson and his novel, “With this debut, readers reading him for the first time will find out what I’ve known for 20 years, that Wilson is one of the best fiction writers around.”

The reading is free and open to the public.

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