GAMBIER — P.F. Kluge, writer-in-residence at Kenyon College, draws on his career as a novelist and journalist to share his unique perspective on a literary life on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
The lecture, “The World According to Kluge: Thoughts on Gambier and Other Islands,” is part of the Kenyon Unique lecture series that highlights the work of award-winning Kenyon faculty across all fields of study. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend at the Gund Gallery Community Foundation Theater, 101 1/2 College Drive.
Kluge, who teaches creative writing and is a Kenyon alumnus, is the author of 10 novels, including “Eddie and the Cruisers,” which was made into the 1983 film of the same name; “Gone Tomorrow” (2008); and the recently published “The Master Blaster.” He also wrote the acclaimed 1995 non-fiction book “Alma Mater,” which was published last year in China and is an account of an academic year at Kenyon. Kluge is a veteran journalist whose reporting on a misbegotten Brooklyn bank robbery for Life magazine was the basis for the 1975 film “Dog Day Afternoon.” He is also a travel writer who contributes frequently to National Geographic Traveler.
Kluge’s work is guided by “distances and connections,” he said, and his characters often find themselves in exotic locations or academic settings. “I don’t write an article or a book and move on to the next thing,” he said. “I keep going back, checking in, contemplating how lives – my own and others – are turning out. These places don’t let go. They claim me, I claim them, and the engagement is life-long.”
The New York Times called the 2012 novel The Master Blaster, set on Saipan where Kluge once served as a Peace Corps volunteer, “stingingly funny” and “the work of a writer who has seen the world, literally and figuratively, for a long time.”
Kluge will be introduced at the event by Matthew A. Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, a member of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees and a Kenyon alumnus. Winkler helped sparked the Kenyon Unique initiative last year as a way to share standout scholarship. Lectures in the series are streamed live on the Internet and recorded as part of a digital library. To learn more about the event, call 740-427-5591.
Published on February 13, 2013