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'House Divided' author to speak April 20 at MSU

April 11, 2006 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- The author of "A House Divided" will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Montana State University.

Fredrick Preston Barton, a novelist and newspaper columnist from New Orleans, will give a free informal talk based on his new novel as part of MSU's Landscapes of the Mind lecture series. He will speak at The Habit, Quad F, on campus. The public is welcome for an afternoon of conversation, wine and cheese.

Titled "A House Divided or How the State of Illinois Made Me a Criminal in Louisiana," Barton's talk will focus on the civil rights era, exploring the private and public lives of two men whose friendship was divided by race, class and the circumstances of their rearing. Barton's novel, a winner of the William Faulkner Prize in fiction, is both a murder mystery and a reflection on a turbulent time in American history.

Besides being a novelist, Barton is provost and vice chancellor of the University of New Orleans. He has written a jazz opera, directed a short film and writes a weekly newspaper column about movies.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or