Assistant Professor of English Paul Cody and Professor David Weiss, chair of the English department, will offer readings from their respective works of fiction at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Cody will read from his first novel, “The Stolen Child,” which attempts to explore child molestation from every possible angle, probing the disappearance in 1963 of a 9-year-old boy from Newton, Mass. He will also read from his third, dark novel, “Shooting the Heart,” in which he tells the story of a man so obsessed with serial killers that he may have crossed the line and become a killer himself. The book tells its protagonist’s story in vignettes and flashbacks, alternating with the histories of notorious murderers.
Weiss will offer a reading from his 1998 novel debut, “The Mensch.” In this tale, Weiss’ protagonist, Leon Roth, works as a manager of apartment buildings in the South Bronx. He is in his 20s, a college dropout, and still in love with a woman he had an affair with and who has been in a mental hospital for several years. This good man becomes a “crazy son of a bitch” and almost takes a life.
All are invited and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.