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Author Larry Watson appears at BSC Campus Read

Posted on 3/3/2014

Larry Watson
Larry Watson
Bismarck State College brings author Larry Watson back to campus and his home state March 11-12 for the spring installment of BSC Campus Read.

Watson, an award-winning author and longtime educator, has written novels, poetry, essays, short stories and book reviews. He reads from his work at 7:30 p. m. Tuesday, March 11, in the Bavendick Stateroom of BSC's National Energy Center of Excellence.

Watson's 2011 book, "American Boy," is one of two books featured in this year's Campus Read. The community is encouraged to join BSC students and employees in reading the novel about a young man coming of age in rural America.

Campus Read began in fall 2004 as a way to encourage reading and community engagement with the college. Watson's book, "Montana 1948," was the first Campus Read selection in 2004. As part of BSC's rich continuing history, he returns for the 10th anniversary of Campus Read and BSC's 75th Year Celebration in 2014.

The November Campus Read selection was "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" by former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, a Washburn, N.D., native. He appeared as part of the "The Kennedy Legacy: 50 Years Later" symposium.

Born in Rugby, Watson grew up in Bismarck and graduated from BSC in 1967. He earned his baccalaureate and master's degree at the University of North Dakota and doctorate in creative writing from the University of Utah. Watson taught writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 25 years before joining Marquette University as visiting professor in 2003.

He has written eight novels, which typically explore conflict in close-knit families and small communities. They include his recent "Let Him Go" (2013), "Orchard" (2004), "Laura" (2000), "White Crosses" (1998), and "In a Dark Time" (1998). His "Sundown, Yellow Moon" (2007) is set in Bismarck during the early 1960s.

Watson is author of the fiction collection, "Justice," and the chapbook of poetry, "Leaving Dakota." He has published numerous short stories and poems in a variety of journals. Essays and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and other periodicals and anthologies. Four of his books have been sold or optioned for film.

His work has been recognized with grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Among his many awards is the Milkweed National Fiction Prize for "Montana 1948." He recently received the 2013 Literary Contribution Award from the Mountain Plains Library Association for furthering understanding and appreciation of the plains region.

Watson is working with students in BSC classrooms during his residency. More information about Campus Read is available on its blog at

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