Grinnell College to welcome renowned author Benjamin Percy on Aug. 31

Writer of novels, nonfiction and comic books will lead a discussion, read from his work

Benjamin Percy, a renowned author of novels, nonfiction and comic books, will speak at Grinnell College on Thursday, Aug. 31, as part of the Writers@Grinnell series.

Percy will lead a roundtable discussion at 4:15 p.m. in room 209 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell. He also will give a reading at 6 p.m. at the college's Pioneer Bookshop, 933 Main St., Grinnell. Both events are free and open to the public.

Percy is the author of four novels, two short stories and a book of essays. He writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics, and James Bond for Dynamite entertainment. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in GQ, Esquire, Time, Men's Journal, the New York Times, and the Paris Review. His most recent novel, "The Dark Net" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), explores the furthest reaches of the internet.

Percy's honors include the Whiting Writer's Award, a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

Raised in Oregon, Percy studied English and creative writing at Brown University. He earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Southern Illinois University. Percy taught at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, Marquette University, Iowa State University and St. Olaf College before stepping away from academia to pursue writing full-time.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college website: Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

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