Novelist Valerie Laken to read Monday, 2/25, at 7pm, in the Hodges Library Auditorium at the Writers in the Library. An informal Q & A with the author will be held that afternoon at 3pm in 1210 McClung Tower.
Valerie Laken is the author of Separate Kingdoms (Harper, 2011), a collection of short stories, and the critically acclaimed novel Dream House (Harper, 2009). The New York Times Book Review declared Laken’s novel “the perfect haunted house story for these unnerving times” and Entertainment Weekly praised the novel for “Laken’s eerily enticing home with a bloody past forces its present and past inhabitants into a kind of spooked hopelessness, squashing any possibility of fulfilling the American dream.”
Laken’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Writer, and The Chicagoe Tribune. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, an Anne Powers Prize, two Hopwood Awards, and an honorable mention in the The Best American Short Stories. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.