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Fall 2014 Edition

Literary Readings

Come out and meet the most engaging and interesting authors in literature today as they read from and reflect on their works. Readings take place on the campuses of CSM. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

** Books by all authors are available at the CSM College Store.

Literary Reading Schedule:

  • Friday, October 10, 2014 -  Novelist Lydia Netzer
  • Friday, November 7, 2014 - Poet Doug Anderson
  • Friday, December 5, 2014 - Fall 2014 Connections Magazine Publication Reading

Audio Files of Previous Readings


Novelist Lydia Netzer...presents her books "Shine, Shine, Shine" and "How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky"

Novelist Lydia Netzer

October 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103) 
Tickets: $3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM Student ID


Lydia Netzer Photo

Lydia Netzer's debut novel, Shine, Shine, Shine (2013)—a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize— is a stunning novel of love, death, and what it means to be human. Protagonists Sunny and Maxon are childhood sweetheatrs, two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other. Now, twenty years later, Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be “normal.”

In her latest work, How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky (2014), Cosmologist George Dermont and Scientist Irene Sparks have everything in common, but their attraction was not written in the stars. In fact, their mothers raised them separately to become each other's soulmates. This novel is a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story for dreamers and pragmatists alike, exploring the conflicts of fate and determinism, and asking how much of life is under our control and what is pre-ordained in the stars.

Lydia Netzer was born in Detroit and educated in the Midwest. She lives in Virginia with her two children and her husband. When she isn’t teaching, reading, or writing her next novel, she plays the guitar in a rock band.

Study Guide for Lydia Netzer
Discussions Questions for Netzer
"Shine, Shine, Shine" (excerpts from chapters 1,3,4, & 8)

Poet Doug Anderson...reads and discusses from "The Moon Reflected Fire"

Poet Doug Anderson

November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium
Tickets: $3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM Student ID

Doug Anderson Photo

Doug Anderson served as a Navy corpsman with the First Marine Division in Vietnam. He has written two books of poems, of which The Moon Reflected Fire won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police received a grant from the Eric Matthieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets. His play, Short Timers, was produced at New York's The Theater for The New City in 1981. His memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery, was published by W.W. Norton. He has also written film scripts, fiction, and criticism. Currently, Anderson is working on a novel about human trafficking. He earnde a PhD from the University of Connecticut, and teaches at the Hartford Campus. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Virginia Quarterly Review Poets & Writers, Inc., the Massachusetts Artists Foundations, the MacDowell Colony, and other funding organizations.


Fall 2014 Connections Magazine Publication Reading

Contributors to the Fall 2014 Connections Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.

December 5, 7:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)
Dr. John Sine Conference Room (Room 103)
Tickets: Free

Fall 2014 Cover

Connections Literary Magazine is a regional journal published twice a year that features poems, stories, artwork and photography of Southern Maryland. Also included in each issue is featured material from visiting authors. Contributors to the fall 2014 issue will read from and discuss their published works.
Free admission, no tickets required.


Fall 2014 Connections Magazine Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014