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Author Michael Downs Discusses Works at AACC

Feb. 4, 2010

      Author and Baltimore-area college professor Michael Downs will discuss the creative process and read from his award-winning book “House of Good Hope” at a free literary discussion and book signing at Anne Arundel Community College.

      The “Writers Reading @ AACC” takes place from 2-3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the Dragun Building Room 110 on the college’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. “House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City” is a memoir and work of literary journalism. It won the 2007 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize and was a finalist for the Saroyan Prize in Nonfiction and the Connecticut Book Award for Biography and Memoir.

      The story follows five young men from Hartford, Conn., who reunite years after making a promise as teenagers to dedicate themselves to their deteriorating hometown. The years yield love, sacrifice and murder while the men experience big-time college football, police brutality and a drug sting.

      Downs’ short stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies including “The Georgia Review,” “The Missouri Review,” “Five Points” and the “Best American Mystery Stories” series. His nonfiction work has appeared in “The Writer’s Chronicle.”

      His professional accomplishments include selection for a literary fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts and as a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Downs has served on numerous author panels, including the Baltimore Writers’ Conference and the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

      A former newspaper journalist, he teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing at Towson University.

      Signed copies of “House of Good Hope” will be available for purchase at the event. For information on this event sponsored by the AACC Cultural Events Committee, contact Susan Cohen at 410-777-2545 or Call AACC Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations.

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