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Student publishes own book; will perform reading

Event Details

Start Date:  April 17, 2013
Start Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Boiler House


things in plaid eric horell

Senior English major, Eric Horell published his first short story collection, Things in Plaid. He will perform a reading of the short stories from this book on Thursday, April 17, and will discuss the steps he took to make his idea come to fruition, including how he wrote, edited, and published the book.

In April 2012, Horell approached Dr. Brennan Thomas, assistant professor of English and Writing Center director, with the idea of writing a book for his Honors thesis. He knew he wanted to try writing a book-length project, but rather than attempt a novel, which he felt might be too large to complete in an academic year, he chose to write a compilation of short stories centered on college students. "Write what you know," as the old adage goes, so each of Eric's stories offers a brief glimpse into the life of a student residing at the fictitious Dreqnoc University, from a football god's final game to a scorned lover's battle royale with a romantic rival.

For the next several months, Eric worked tirelessly on developing each story's major plot points, themes, and character features, sometimes writing three or more variations of the same story and cobbling together the best elements of each into a single rough draft. He then meticulously revised, edited, and proofread each story, and in December, prepared his finalized manuscript, Things in Plaid, for publication. Eric even painted the cover art for his book, the digitally scanned image of which he used to create his book jacket.

The final product is a beautifully written, beautifully designed book that truly captures those poignant and discombobulating moments of college life.

Copies of Things in Plaid are $5 per copy and may be purchased at the Library and Learning Commons circulation desk at Saint Francis. All proceeds will be donated to the charity Books for Africa.

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