Canisius College Presents Award-Winning Author

BUFFALO, NY − Canisius College will present award-winning author Mark Merlis on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Language Resource Center, Old Main Room 314.  The event is free and open to the public.


Merlis’s novels include American Studies, about a closeted literature professor in the McCarthy era; An Arrow’s Flight, a riff on the Philoctetes myth, set simultaneously in the ancient and modern worlds; and Man About Town, a tale about politics and growing older set in Washington, DC.  His work has won the Los Angeles Times book prize (Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction), the Lambda Literary Award, and the Ferro-Grumley award for distinction in gay writing. Merlis’s new novel, tentatively titled JD, is due in 2014.


Merlis’s talk is sponsored by The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, embraceWNY, the All-College Honors Program and Women and Gender Studies.


For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, at (716) 888-2408 or


Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.