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April 9, 2019

Bestselling novelist Devin Murphy to visit SVSU

Murphy, DevinSaginaw Valley State University will present a reading by bestselling novelist Devin Murphy on Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Founders Hall at SVSU.

Murphy is the author of fiction novels such as “The Boat Runner,” published by HarperCollins in 2017. His writing has appeared in more than 60 literary journals and anthologies, including “The Missouri Review,” “Glimmer Train” and “Confrontation.”

His most recent novel, “Tiny Americans” — released in March — follows a family over the decades and across the world as they struggle to grapple with issues such as alcoholism, abandonment and loneliness. "Tiny Americans" is available for sale at various online outlets including the website for publishing company HarperCollins.

Outside of his writing, Murphy has worked various jobs in national parks around the country and once had a three-year stint at sea that led him to over 50 countries on all seven continents. He now works as an associate professor of creative writing at Bradley University and lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

For more information about Murphy, visit his website at

His appearance at SVSU is sponsored by the university's Department of English as part of the campus' Voices in the Valley Reading Series. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, contact Arra Ross, SVSU associate professor of English, at or (989) 964-4032.