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September 20, 2013

Gloucester author to speak at Rockport library

ROCKPORT — Gloucester resident George Rosen will speak about his latest book, “The Immanence of God in the Tropics,” at the Rockport Public Library next week.

Rosen’s appearance is the part of the library’s free Meet the Author series. He will speak Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

“The Immanence of God in the Tropics,” is a collection of stories about soccer, death, hot water, lost love, and the presence of God in Africa, Mexico, and the coast of New England. The book was selected as a Publisher’s Weekly pick of the week and Top 10 travel book for 2012.

The tales are told with a vivid sense of place, whether on a bumpy soccer pitch carved from an African forest or a tall ship in a bright sea, and with a clear eye for how ridiculous some of our most important moments can be. The stories relate unexpected encounters far from home, where reality has a habit of washing over us and where the lessons learned may be brilliantly right or disastrously wrong.

Born in Chicago and educated at Harvard, Rosen was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, the setting for his 1990 novel, “Black Money.” His short stories have appeared in Harper’s, the Yale Review, the Harvard Review, and a Harcourt Brace anthology of crime fiction, “A Matter of Crime.”

Rosen has reported on West Africa for the Atlantic magazine and on Mexico for the Boston Globe, and writes frequently for the Globe’s op-ed page. He has been a radio commentator for the Boston NPR station, WBUR, and taught writing at Tufts University. His awards include the Frank O’Connor Memorial Award, two fellowships from the Artists Foundation, and a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Meet the Author series is sponsored by the library, Toad Hall Bookstore and the Friends of the Rockport Library.

Meet the author Who and what: George Rosen, author of "The Immanence of God in the Tropics." When: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m Where: Rockport Public Library, 17 School St. How much: Free to the public.

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