Heidelberg to host up-and-coming author Megan Abbott

Mar 1, 2013

Megan AbbottHighly acclaimed mystery-crime fiction author Megan Abbott will make her first appearance at an Ohio college campus when she visits Heidelberg University March 26.

As part of her visit, Abbott will present a public reading and book signing in Rickly Chapel on the second floor of University Hall at 7:30 that evening. The public is invited to attend, free of charge. A selection of Abbott’s books is available for purchase at the Heidelberg Bookstore.

Abbott’s appearance at Heidelberg comes at a time when her career is on a steep incline. She was recently selected as the 2013 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is the Edgar-winning author of the novels Queenpin, The Song Is You, Die a Little and Bury Me Deep. Her newest novel, Dare Me, is about the dark side of life for high school cheerleaders. It has been optioned for a feature film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

Abbott was born in the Detroit area. She graduated from the University of Michigan and received her doctorate in English and American literature from New York University. She taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. This year, she is teaching at the Crime Fiction Academy at the Center for Fiction in New York City.

Her Heidelberg visit is being sponsored by the English Department and the Honors Program through a grant from alumna Jean Warren Gekler, class of 1980, and Brooks Gekler. While on campus, Abbott also will conduct a master class for students and will meet with English classes and the Women’s Leadership Initiative.