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News Author Elizabeth Rosner Discusses Blue Nude, November 1

Marlboro, VT -- (October 20, 2010) --The Marlboro College World Studies Program is sponsoring a free, public reading and discussion of the bestselling work of historical fiction, Blue Nude, with author Elizabeth Rosner on Monday, November 1 at 7:00 pm in Ragle Hall.

Blue Nude was initially inspired by Rosner's involvement with the Acts of Reconciliation project, which brought together second generation Germans and Jews in order to confront their shared legacy from World War II.

The novel depicts an encounter between a post-war German painter and an Israeli artist's model living in Northern California. Both are wrestling with their identities as artists and expatriates; haunted by their experiences with war and loss, they ultimately find that even in the face of fear and despair, the act of making art can bring real possibilities for redemption and healing.

Since its publication in 2006 by Ballantine, Blue Nude has enjoyed national acclaim, including being named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's best books that year. It was reissued in paperback by Gallery Book (Simon & Schuster) this past September. The Marlboro College bookstore will have copies of Blue Nude will be available for sale in the Serkin Center lobby. Ms. Rosner will sign books following her reading.

Elizabeth Rosner is a bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley, California. Her first novel, The Speed of Light (Ballantine 2001), won several literary prizes in both the US and Europe, and was translated into nine foreign languages. Her poetry collection, Gravity (Small Poetry Press 1998), is currently in its 14th printing. Rosner's essays have appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Elle, the Forward, Hadassah Magazine, and several anthologies.  She travels widely to lead intensive writing workshops, to lecture on contemporary literature, and to visit with book groups.

Marlboro College's World Studies Program (WSP) is a four-year course of study integrating the best traditions of liberal arts learning and international studies with a six-to-eight month internship in a foreign culture. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Arts or Science in International Studies and their area of concentration. Each student graduates with the combined advantages of a liberal arts education and an international resume.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College also offers graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.




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