FSU Literary Arts Center to host bestselling author Russell Shorto’s virtual reading | Community

FROSTBURG – As part of its Spring Reading Series, the Literary Arts Center at Frostburg State University will be hosting a virtual reading by writer Russell Shorto on April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

This semester, the readings will be streamed live on YouTube and then be available on the CLA channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqtBS9H9vtPSR4Vfd3pudTw, or search for Frostburg Center for Literary Arts on YouTube.

A resident of Cumberland, Shorto is a successful American author, historian and journalist. His most recent narrative history book, “Smalltime,” is about his grandfather, a mob boss in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his book on the Dutch origins of New York City, “The Island in the Center of the World”. Shorto’s previous books have been published in 14 languages ​​and won numerous awards.

In 2009 he was knighted by the Dutch government for advancing Dutch-American historical awareness. In 2018, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. He is a senior researcher at the New Netherland Institute and a contributor to the New York Times Magazine.

Shorto was recently interviewed on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, which can be heard at https://www.npr.org/2021/02/02/963158398/author-digs-into-familys-smalltime-mob-operation- finds- family secrets.

Center for Literary Arts events are supported by the Allegany Arts Council, the Community Trust Foundation, and several FSU offices including the President’s Office, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of English and foreign languages ​​and literature.

For more information, contact the Literary Arts Center at 301-687-4340 or [email protected]

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