Published on October 16, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
Author Karen Bender
Author Karen Bender

Author Karen Bender will read her work Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Howard Room, University Center, at Samford University. The event is part of the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE) Visiting Writers Series.

Bender’s story collection Refund was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, on the short list for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, and on the longlist for the Story Prize. It was also a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Bender is also the author of the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Story, Narrative, The Harvard Review, Guernica, and The Iowa Review, Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. She has won two Pushcart prizes and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe foundation.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.