Short fiction writer and novelist Jeffrey Condran will appear at 7:30 p.m. today, and George Dohrmann from “Sports Illustrated” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 12; both free programs are at Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Condran’s latest novel, “Prague Summer,” is a literary thriller that has been called “tense and atmospheric.” Its protagonist is a rare book dealer in the Czech capital who gets caught up in international intrigue.
“A Fingerprint Repeated,” another of his works, has received several awards, including The Missouri Review’s William Peden Prize.
Condran lives in Pittsburgh, where he is co-founder of the independent literary press Braddock Avenue Books.
Dohrmann specializes in investigative projects and has contributed to stories on college sports scandals, dogfighting, the agent business and gambling rings in the NHL and NFL.
He was among a team of reporters who wrote an award-winning 2002 package of stories that led to baseball’s first attempt at a steroid policy, and he is one of only five sportswriters to have won a Pulitzer Prize, winning in 2000 for stories exposing widespread academic fraud in the University of Minnesota basketball program.
Dohrmann is the author of the book “Play Their Hearts Out” and winner of the 2011 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.
The series continues next year with fiction writer Katie Coyle on Feb. 5. Info: 788-3373.