Worthington Scranton faculty will hold book signing on April 5

March 30, 2011

Penn State Worthington Scranton's campus bookstore will host a book signing for two campus professors who have recently published books.

Philip Mosley and Beatriz Rivera-Barnes will be at the bookstore from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, to talk about and read from their newly published works, as well as sign copies of their books.

"The Book of Snow," Mosley's translation of the French poems of Francois Jacqmin was published late last year. Since its publication, he has made several appearances in northeastern Pennsylvania as well as across the country, promoting his new work. His reading will be accompanied by a classical guitar performance by area musician Jason Smeltzer.

Rivera-Barnes will be reading from and discussing two of her latest works -- "Reading and Writing the Latin American Landscape," an academic publication, and her fictional novel, "When A Tree Falls."

The professors' books will be on sale at the bookstore and free refreshments will be served. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mosley is professor of English and comparative literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton. His translation of "The Book of the Snow," is a volume of 112, 10-line poems by Francois Jacqmin and has been published in a bilingual edition by Arc in the UK in its "Visible Poets" series. The volume has already received a strong notice in the Warwick Review and awaits another in the Times Literary Supplement.

He serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and has been prominent in the cultural life of northeastern Pennsylvania, participating in film festivals, literary events, and serving on various museum and film boards.

Rivera-Barnes, associate professor of Spanish at Penn State Worthington Scranton, is the author of many scholarly essays on Minor/Minority literature and ecocriticism that have been published in various refereed journals. She also is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories, a finalist for the 2007 Paterson Fiction prize for her novel "Do Not Pass Go," and the recipient of the 2007 International Latino Book Award for that same novel.

She specializes in creating witty and dizzying characters. Her Latinas deal with questions of identity and tradition in a startlingly funny, yet thought-provoking way.

"When A Tree Falls" is Rivera-Barnes' fifth work. It is an offbeat love story full of oddball character in absurd situations and is loosely based on the machinations of New Jersey politicians that is sure to entertain and amuse. 

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