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Award-winning author and LGBT activist to read on Monday in Gage Gallery

Posted: 11/07/2013

Goldie Goldbloom, author of the award-winning novel The Paperbark Shoe, will read from her work as part of this fall’s Roosevelt University Reading Series at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Goldbloom, a Chicago resident originally from Western Australia, has written a novel about a little-known period in the history of her native country.

During World War II, eighteen thousand Italian prisoners of war were sent to Australia at the request of the British government. After Italy’s surrender, many of them were sent to work, unguarded, on farms in isolated regions. National Book Award-winning author Andrea Barrett says of The Paperbark Shoe, “I have never read anything quite like this, nor has anyone else… Brilliant.”

The Paperbark Shoe won the AWP award for the novel and was originally published as Toads’ Museum of Freaks and Wonders. It was also the Independent Publisher's Book of the Year and has recently ben reissued by Picador Press. Her short fiction has been published in her collection You Lose These, and in venues such as Prairie Schooner, Narrative, and Story Quarterly, as well as in anthologies. She is a nationally recognized speaker and an LGBT activist. She is a professor at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago with her eight children.

Free and open to the public, the reading is presented by the MFA in Creative Writing Program, the University’s literary magazine, Oyez Review, and the Department of Literature and Languages at Roosevelt University.  For more information, contact or 312-341-2417.