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Visiting Writers Series lets authors and their audiences mingle

portunity for students, writers and the community to get advice or to discuss a book the authors have written.

“It’s really done in kind of a conversation,” Faulkner said. “In the evening, it’s more of a traditional reading from the book at hand – the most recent publication the author has had. There is also time for a question-and-answer session after the reading, and we have booksellers on hand with copies available for purchase and signature.”

Though this is Bailey’s first time joining the series, she said the interaction with the readers benefits her work tremendously.

“It’s always a great opportunity for a writer to interact with people who are reading his or her book or will read his or her book,” she said. “I love talking to people who read the book. They tell me things that I didn’t realize when I was writing it. The whole process of moving the book from the writer’s mind to those reading it and reacting to it, and bringing to it something that I, as a writer, can’t imagine.”

Bailey said the input from readers is priceless.

“With my other series of five books ... with each book they told me what they expected of the characters and the people I created. It’s always informative to me as a writer,” she said.

James Redwood, a professor at Albany Law School and author of a collection of stories based on Redwood’s experience as an English teacher in Vietnam, “Love Beneath the Napalm,” will also appear at the event.

Redwood said his stories are all fiction, but they are based on photos, facts or true events from the Vietnam era.

“A picture of a young woman playing a guitar, a young Vietnamese youth unfortunately killed the following day. That photo moved me and prompted the first story in the collection, ‘The Photograph,’” he said.

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