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March 20: Ladies and Gentlement, give it up for Mr Nick Hornby!

Popular and important writer Nick Hornby comes to Butler

When: Monday March 20

Where: Butler University -- Riley Room, Atherton Union

Too many Americans know Nick Hornby through the movies made of his novels: "High Fidelity" with John Cusack, and the Drew Barrymore & Jimmy Fallon baseball-ified version of "Fever Pitch." Hornby is a splendid writer, much better than the movies turned out to be. When he was younger, he wrote with a rare combination of passion and discipline about themes at the center of the lives of all guys in their 20s: music and sports, slacking vs growing up, women and vulnerability. In his past couple of books, he has been broadening his range. "How to be good" was written from the perspective of a woman, and his latest novel "A long way down" explores the slough of suicidal despond. Hornby himself has emerged as an important philanthropist in the UK, a fierce and active champion of the cause of autism. It has been fascinating to watch this writer mature (however reluctantly, it sometimes seems), and it will be a treat to hear him in person.

Like other talk in Butler's "Visiting Writers Series," this is free and open to the public. For more information call 317-940-9861.

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