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9/27/2007 'Clown Girl' author to present Linfield reading

press image McMINNVILLE – Monica Drake, bestselling author of "Clown Girl," will read from her work on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is free and open to the public.

With "Clown Girl," Drake's debut novel, now in its third printing, Drake has been busy with readings and other appearances ranging from Portland's Baghdad Theater to Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival and the Omaha Lit Fest. She has been featured on OPB's Oregon Art Beat and on LiveWire, a nationally broadcast public radio show.

"Clown Girl," published by Hawthorne Books, takes a quirky look at a downtrodden corporate clown. In this dark comic novel, Clown Girl lives in run-down Baloneytown and struggles to find her place in the world of high art against a backdrop of petty crime. Drake, who once worked as a clown, uses the lens of clown life to examine the struggle between artistic integrity and economic reality. While embracing the comedy of early film stars like Chaplin and W.C. Fields, Drake also raises questions about issues of class, gender, economics and prejudice.

As a Portland-based writer, Drake has had articles and reviews published in The Oregonian, The Stranger, and the Portland Mercury and her fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Review, Threepenny Review, The Insomniac Reader and others. She has an MFA from the University of Arizona and teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Arts.

Drake has received numerous awards including the Arizona Commission on the Arts Award, the Alligator Juniper Prize in Fiction and a Millay Colony Fellowship. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at Sewanee Writers Workshop.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department, Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.