Normandale Reading Series - Author Brad Zellar

The Normandale Reading series will begin on Wednesday, February 3. The series will present three guest authors for the spring semester; Brad Zellar (February 3), Caitlin Skaalrud (March 1) and Dwayne Betts (April 7). 

Zellar will read and present from his experimentally structured novel, House of Coates on Wednesday, February 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. in room C 1095. The reading from his novel is from 1 to 1:50 p.m. followed by an informal discussion from 2 to 2:50 p.m. Zellar's works often blur fiction and nonfiction, and his work is accompanied by photographs.

The following is a look at some of the upcoming events for the Normandale Reading Series:

Tuesday March 1 - As part of Normandale Community College's Success Day, Caitlin Skaalrud, a graphic novelist/cartoonist and publisher will read and show her graphic novel Houses of the Holy. This work invites comparisons to Dante's Inferno as a young woman goes on a journey of psychic healing through realms of despair amid odd mixtures of the everyday and macabre. Visit for updated time and room location for this event.

Thursday, April 7 - As part of the Normandale Writing Festival, the Normandale Reading Series hosts Reginal Dwayne Betts, a former prisoner and community college students, who is an award-winning poet. He recently released the poetry collection Bastards of the Regan Era from Four Way Books with his speaking engagements represented by Penguin Random House. His important visit to Normandale will coincide with a collaboration between a number of academic and non-profit hosts including Century College, St. Thomas University, and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Betts was recently profiled on the PBS News Hour on public television. Stay tuned to for a full schedule of the Normandale Writing Festival.