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David Carkeet (pictured), author of three New York Times Notable Books, will return to the University of Missouri–St. Louis for a reading at 7 p.m. May 4 in UMSL’s Gallery 210. The reading is free and open to the public.

Carkeet grew up in northern California, but later lived for 30 years in St. Louis where he taught linguistics and writing at UMSL, directed the university’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and edited Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature published biannually at UMSL. He has written five novels. They include three New York Times Notable Books: “Double Negative,” “The Full Catastrophe” and “The Error of Our Ways.” Last month, Overlook Press published his latest novel, “From Away,” a comic mystery set in Carkeet’s current home state of Vermont.

“Anyone who doesn’t laugh out loud at David Carkeet’s writing needs to have their pulse checked,” novelist Carl Hiaasen said. “He’s a very clever fellow, and (‘From Away’) is a deftly funny book.”

Gallery 210 is in the Telecommunity Center on UMSL’s North Campus, One University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). The reading is sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing program at UMSL. Call 314-516-5590 for more information about the reading.

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