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McNeese hosts book reading

McNeese hosts book reading

Chris Lowe, an instructor of English at McNeese State University, will give a free reading from his recently released book titled "Those Like Us" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the La Jeunesse Room of the Student Union. 

A book signing will follow the presentation sponsored by the McNeese Department of English and Foreign Languages.

This collection of short stories, published by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press, presents characters struggling against the weight of memory, according to Lowe.

The collection opens with the story of a teenager who connects with his dying father through the football rivalry that has always divided their family. In "Dunn's River Falls," a young veteran is thrust back into a world of chaos when his wife suffers a terrible accident on their honeymoon. "Variations on a Line from Joe Namath" centers on a high school football coach trying to carve out an identity for himself as he struggles with the legacy of his father and his own past as an athlete.

His short fiction and poetry have appeared widely in journals and magazines including Third Coast, Bellevue Literary Review and New Plains Review. He is also on the board of editors for Fiction Weekly.

Lowe received his bachelor's degree from the Mississippi University of Women and his Master of Art and Master of Fine Art degrees from McNeese.