Author Kent Wascom to give reading at NSU Tuesday

class=”size-full wp-image-20066 alignleft” style=”margin: 2px 4px;” alt=”Northwestern_State_University_of_Louisiana” src=”” width=”200″ height=”200″ />NATCHITOCHES – Author Kent Wascom will present a reading at Northwestern State University Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Fleming Thomas and Jean D’Amato Thomas Reading Room. Wascom is the author of the novel “The Blood of Heaven.” Admission is free and open to the public.

A New Orleans native, Wascom received a bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University and a M.F.A. from Florida State. He was the 2012 winner of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for Fiction judged by Amy Hempel. “The Blood of Heaven,” which is his first novel was released in June. Critics are comparing Wascom to William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. He will also give a fiction writing workshop for interested NSU students earlier in the day.

The reading is funded through a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund. The grant awarded to Julie Kane of the Department of Language and Communication and former faculty member James Crank allows Northwestern State to bring speakers, artists or scholars to campus to address students and faculty and participate in classes.