The West Virginia University Department of English will host a public reading by faculty member Mark Brazaitis Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom of the WVU Mountainlair. The reading is in honor of the publication of Brazaitiss recent work of fiction,An American Affair , which won the prestigious George Garrett Prize for fiction for 2004 .

The dozen short stories of �€~An American Affairgive us back a clear and accurate reflection of our own world here and now,commented Garrett, the famed author and publisher.Linked together by geographical setting and the clash of contemporary cultures, they challenge our easy assumptions with complexityThis is short fiction at its best and brightest.

In addition to An American Affair, Brazaitis is the author ofThe River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and a novel,Steal My Heart . He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and his stories, poems and essays have appeared in The Sun, Beloit Fiction Journal, Notre Dame Review, Atlanta Review, Shenandoah and other literary journals. Brazaitis has also published as a journalist in The Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Detroit Free Press and American Medical News.

A reception and book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public. For more information, 304-293-3107, ext. 33451.