Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 10/17/01

Photo of Elizabeth RosnerMARLBORO, VT - On Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m., poet and writer Elizabeth Rosner will read from her new novel "The Speed of Light," in Marlboro College's Apple Tree Building. A discussion will follow the reading.

The novel centers around a brother and sister, one a scientist, the other a singer, dealing with the secrets of their past. Their father's story of flight from Hungary in the Nazi era intertwines with the story of their housekeeper's recent escape from oppression in Central America as they "turn sorrow into song."

Born in Schenectady, New York, Rosner is a graduate of Stanford University and received her master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of California at Irvine. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in "Poetry East," "Southern Poetry Review," and "Another Chicago Magazine," among other publications. She lives in Berkeley, California.

According to Rosner, " I often say that this novel [The Speed of Light] is more emotionally autobiographical than factually true to my own life. As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, I've had a great deal of experience listening to the stories of my parents' lives, listening too for the parts that weren't actually spoken aloud. But this isn't really my own family's story. I wanted to explore a family in which the children felt more than they knew, and where the family secrets haunted the two children quite differently."

This event is free and open to the public. The Apple Tree Building is fully accessible. For more information, please call 247-2533 or visit Marlboro online at

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