Novelist Maile Chapman to Appear at FSW

Sep 20, 2016

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – Novelist Maile Chapman will hold a book signing and reading at the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Thomas Edison Campus in Fort Myers at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Rush Auditorium, Building J. The event is free and open to the public.

Chapman is the author of the novel “Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto,” short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and a finalist for the PEN Center USA literary award in fiction. Her stories have appeared in A Public Space, Dublin Review, Fairy Tale Review, Best American Fantasy, and GRANTA Online, among others. Chapman received her MFA in Fiction from Syracuse University and a PhD in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers as well as a Fulbright Grantee to Finland. She teaches in the English department and MFA program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and serves as editor of Witness magazine.

This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes). It is coordinated by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition and FSW Writes, an FSW faculty group that plans writing events for FSW students, employees and the public.

“We are happy to partner with the Florida Literary Arts Coalition to bring incredible authors such as Maile Chapman to the college to share their work with the southwest Florida community,” said Dr. Scott Ortolano, FSW English professor.

Copies of the book are currently available for purchase at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus bookstore and will also be available for purchase during the event. 

For more information, contact Dr. Ortolano, at (239) 489-9472 or


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