Winona State University will host author Joe Meno as part of the Great River Reading series Thursday, Sept. 13.

Meno will give a public reading of his new novel, Office Girl, at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Laboratory Center. He will also speak to Myles Weber’s English 222 class about his work at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Minne 105.

Meno is the author of six novels including the bestsellers Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails, and two short story collections including Demons in the Spring. His short fiction has been published in One StoryMcSweeney’sSwink, LIT, TriQuarterlyHayden Ferry’s Review, Ninth Letter, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American-Review, Fourteen Hills, Washington Square Review, Other VoicesGulf Coast, and broadcast on NPR. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times and Chicago Magazine.

Meno was a longtime contributing editor to the underground arts and politics magazine Punk Planet, before it ceased publication in 2007. His plays have been produced in Chicago; Los Angeles; Washington D.C.; and Paris, France.

Meno lives in Chicago and is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College, Chicago.

All class sessions and readings are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Weber at

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