Internationally-known, award-winning author William Alexander will do a public reading from his first novel, “Goblin Secrets,” on Monday, March 24 in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 7-9 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.
Alexander studied theatre and folklore at Oberlin College and English at the University of Vermont and now teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minn.
His novel “Goblin Secrets” won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2012 and became a New York Times bestseller shortly thereafter. The novel is a fast-paced, fantastical adventure that explores themes of love, loss and the importance of family. The story's main character is an orphaned boy who runs away and joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother in the magical town of Zombay, where acting is forbidden and people wear masks to hide who they really are.
In addition to the public reading, Alexander will speak with English students who are studying world building as well as biology and geography students who are studying the development of evolution to explore how science informs literature and how literature informs science by expanding what is considered possible.
On March 24, Alexander will speak to students in World Building, an English special topics course taught by Pitcher. In the class, students craft detailed worlds for speculative fiction, considering everything from culture to cosmology. UW-Platteville is one of the few schools in Wisconsin to offer this type of course.
The following day, Alexander will speak to students in Biogeography, a course taught by Larson that examines the living environment at spatial scales of individual organisms up to ecosystems at ecological and evolutionary time.
Alexander's second novel, “Ghoulish Song,” set in the same world and city as “Goblin Secrets,” will be released on March 5. For more information about both books, visit www.goblinsecrets.com.