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Journalist and author Chuck Klosterman speaks at BSC April 11

Posted on 3/26/2012

Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Klosterman
State Historical Society of North Dakota news release

BISMARCK - Chuck Klosterman, North Dakota writer, journalist, essayist, and author of seven books, will read from his latest novel, "The Visible Man," and engage in conversation with the audience on Wednesday, April 11, at the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium on the Bismarck State College campus. The free public presentation, "An Evening with Chuck Klosterman," will begin at 7:30 p.m. Central Time, and is sponsored by Read North Dakota and BSC ArtsQuest 2012.

Klosterman was raised in Wyndmere, N.D., and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1994. He began his career as a journalist at The Forum in Fargo and later became an arts critic for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio. In 2002 he moved to New York City, where he lives today with his wife. Best known for his writing about the culture of rock music, Klosterman has also written extensively about sports. He was a senior writer for Spin, a featured columnist in Esquire, and has written for GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, and The Washington Post. He is currently a contributing editor on, an ESPN website.

After making a name himself with numerous books of nonfiction, including "Fargo Rock City;" "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto;" "Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story;" and "Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas," Klosterman published his first novel, "Downtown Owl," in 2008. Set in the imaginary town of Owl, N.D., the Boston Globe called it "an astonishingly moving book, a minor masterpiece in the genre we might call small-town quirkiana." His second novel, "The Visible Man," came out in 2011 and won praise from Publishers Weekly: "[A] tour de force exploration of intimacy and voyeurism . . . Strikingly original, a vibrant mix of thriller, sci-fi, and literary fiction genres."

Klosterman does speaking engagements across the country and was a headliner at the 2010 UND Writers Conference, whose theme was "Wit."

For a complete listing of Chuck Klosterman's published works and other books by and for North Dakotans, go to the Read North Dakota website at Copies of his books will be available for purchase at the event, with a book signing to follow the program.

Radio listeners can hear the program, "An Evening with Chuck Klosterman," on Prairie Public's "Hear It Now" on Wednesday, April 18, at 3 and 7 p.m. It will be broadcast on Prairie Public Television the following evening, April 19, at 8 p.m. The program will also be streamed on Prairie Public's Television on Demand website at

Read North Dakota is dedicated to celebrating and promoting literature created in and about North Dakota. Partners include the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the North Dakota Humanities Council, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Prairie Public Broadcasting, and the North Dakota Library Association.

ArtsQuest 2012 is a month-long campus celebration of music, art, theater, literature and film, sponsored by the BSC Arts and Communications Department. ArtsQuest highlights the talent of BSC students and brings performances and presentations by guest artists to campus. All ArtsQuest events are open to the public. For more information, go to

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