Kent Meyers, associate professor of humanities at Black Hills State University, has been invited to Vincennes, France, in September to present his novel Twisted Tree at the major literary expo Festival America.
Meyers is one of only 70 authors from North and South America to receive an invitation to present at Festival America, a four-day celebration of American writing. He will give readings from his book and participate in several workshops.
Festival America has been held in Vincennes, a suburb of Paris, since 2002. This year’s festival will host 70 writers for a series of meetings, readings, book signings, debates, concerts, film screenings, and exhibitions designed for both creators and lovers of literature.
Many well-known contemporary authors have participated in past festivals. Meyers is honored by the opportunity to attend the international festival and is looking forward to meeting the other participating authors. This year’s participants include U.S. authors Toni Morrison, Annie Proulx, Salvatore Scibona, Nicole Krauss, Louise Erdrich, and Chad Harbach.
Meyers has published three novels, a collection of essays and a collection of short stories. His most recent novel, Twisted Tree, received rave reviews from sources such as The Washington Post, People, and The New York Times. A French translation of Twisted Tree was recently released by Editions Gallmeister of Paris.
Meyers’ other novels include The River Warren and The Work of Wolves. The River Warren was a finalist in Barnes and Noble’s Discover Series Awards and was a New York Times Notable Book. Accolades for The Work of Wolves include: the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Regional Book Award in the Fiction Category, Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, and a Christian Science Monitor Noteworthy Book of the Year.
Meyers received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota-Morris and his master’s degree in English from Washington State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1980.