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A Pulitzer Prize-nominated fictional novel is the centerpiece of Lakeland College's third annual Community Book Read.

The college has planned a number of events this spring around author Karen Russell's "Swamplandia!", which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

Russell will be at Lakeland on Tuesday, April 12, to discuss her novel. The free event, set for 7:30 p.m. in the college's Bradley Theatre, will including a book signing following the discussion. "Swamplandia!" was among The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011.

Other events, all of which are free and open to the public, include:

March 9 - Joint Book Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.
Join several book club members from across the county for a joint book club discussion, facilitated by a member of Lakeland's faculty. The event will be held at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 Mill St., Plymouth.

April 5 - Writing Workshop: Blackout Poetry, 6-8 p.m.
Put your creative writing skills to the test with this writing workshop led by a Lakeland faculty member. You will create your own "Swamplandia!" inspired poem, using material from the novel. This event will be held at Generations: an Intergenerational Center, 1500 Douglas Dr., Plymouth.

April 7 – "Swamplandia!" Panel Discussion, 6-8 p.m.
Family is a significant theme in the novel, and three Lakeland faculty from different backgrounds will discuss the importance of family to the story. This discussion will be held in the Rocca Room at Mead Public Library, 710 N 8th St., Sheboygan.

Learn more about the Lakeland Community Book Read at Lakeland.edu/bookread.

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