Acclaimed Novelist to Speak on Writing at University Campus

April 04, 2011

Saint Leo University’s Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library is pleased to present an evening with novelist, editor, and university professor Ron Hansen at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the Student Community Center at University Campus.

The public is invited and admission is free.

Acclaimed Novelist to Speak on Writing at University Campus Hansen will speak on “Putting the Story in History.”  Hansen has mined the pages of history often for inspiration for novels. He researched the Old West, for instance, for two novels, Desperadoes, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which was made into a popular film with Brad Pitt. He crafted the novel Hitler’s Niece based on a real young woman. His newest work, to be published by Scribner, draws from New York City newspaper accounts of a murderous affair in the 1920s, and is called A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion.

There will be time for questions from the audience.

Hansen can also discuss how the influences of faith and Catholicism are reflected in his artistic process. Hansen is an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, and the Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J., Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, a Catholic institution in California. Gerard Manley Hopkins was British, and was considered one of the finest poets of the Victorian era. Hopkins was a convert to Catholicism, and became both a priest and university professor.

For more information on Wednesday’s event, contact Carol Moon at (352) 588-8261 or