Author Reading by Siobhan Fallon at JCC on Apr. 23

Multi-award-winning author Siobhan Fallon will be making several stops in the North Country on her reading tour promoting her short story collection You Know When the Men are Gone.  On April 23, she will be conducting readings from her book at both Jefferson Community College (JCC) and at the McEwen Library on Fort Drum.

You Know When the Men are Gone has received major critical praise on the national level, including from the New York Journal of Books, which proclaimed it to be, “the explosive sort of literary triumph that appears only every few years.” Fallon, whose book was inspired by her own experience as a military spouse, expressed a keen interest in reading in Watertown, especially because of its proximity to Fort Drum.  She feels that her book has the potential to carry a great deal of relevance for North Country residents, particularly those in the military who know firsthand what the recent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have been like in terms of their effects on families.

Each reading and discussion on April 23 will be open to the public and free of charge.  The first will occur at JCC in Room 6-002, Jules Center Amphitheater (Bldg. 6) from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. and the second will be held at the McEwen Library, 4300 Camp Hale Road, Fort Drum from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Additionally, Fallon will conduct closed workshops with writing students in JCC’s English concentrations during the morning.

Fallon’s book — a series of interconnected stories about the lives of military families stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, during a deployment for the war in Iraq — was recently released in paperback, and has received favorable comparisons to authors Raymond Carver and Tim O’Brien.  She has won various prizes for it, including the Award for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters and the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction.  Fallon’s trip to the North Country will also include readings at SUNY Canton on April 24.

For additional information regarding Siobhan Fallon’s readings in the Watertown area, please contact the JCC English Department at 786-2328.