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Schumacher ‘puts the pissed back in epistolary’

September 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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What: Author Julie Schumacher reads from “Dear Committee Members”
When: September 3, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120

Reception to follow

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About ‘Dear Committee Members’

Dear Committee Members book coverFinally a novel that puts the “pissed” back into “epistolary.”

Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices.

His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. His star (he thinks) student can’t catch a break with his brilliant (he thinks) work Accountant in a Bordello, based on Melville’s Bartleby. 

In short, his life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies.


September 3, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


University of Minnesota Libraries


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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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