Reception, Reading & Book Signing Event for Cochrane’s Fitz

BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College will host a reading, reception and book signing to celebrate the publication of Fitz, the latest book by Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, located on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center

Fitz is Cochrane’s first young adult novel. It is the story of 15 year-old Fitzgerald (“Fitz” to his friends), who learns that his father, who supports him but whom he has never met, is living nearby.  Fitz begins to follow him, watch him, study him, and on an otherwise ordinary May morning, he executes a plan to force his father, at gunpoint, to be with him.  Over the course of a spring day, Fitz and his father become real to one another. Fitz learns about his father, why he has chosen to remain distant and what really happened between him and Fitz’s mother. And Fitz’s father learns what sort of boy his son has grown to become.          

Cochrane’s first novel, Flesh Wounds, was published by Nan Talese/Doubleday (1997) and named a finalist in Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Competition. His second novel, Sport, was published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s (2001) and selected for the annual New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age List. Cochrane’s first book for young readers, The Girl Who Threw Butterflies (Random House, 2009), received numerous awards, including being named a 2010 Judy Lopez Memorial Awards Honor Book by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, a 2009 Booklist Top 10 Sports Book for Youth (based on reviews compiled by the American Library Association) and a Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice (2009).  Cochrane’s short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, including The Cincinnati Review, Northwest Review, Kansas Quarterly and Water~stone.

Currently he is professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College, where he has three times been named Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professor. Cochrane teaches courses in writing and literature, directs the college’s creative writing program and coordinates the college’s Contemporary Writers Series.

Copies of Fitz will be available for sale at the event from Talking Leaves, Buffalo’s oldest independent bookstore. For more information, contact Cochrane at (716) 888-2650 or visit his website.

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