Prof. Greg Schwipps '95 to Discuss His Award-Winning Novel

Prof. Greg Schwipps '95 to Discuss His Award-Winning Novel

May 2, 2011

75507May 2, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — "This Tuesday, the Putnam County Library will host a DePauw associate professor as a part of its 'Conversation with the Author' series," begins an article in this morning's Banner-Graphic. Greg Schwipps, Richard W. Peck Professor of Creative Writing and associate professor of English at DePauw University, will discuss his award-winning novel What This River Keeps during a 7 p.m. program tomorrow.

"I always say that I don't know what I'm going to say until it comes out," Schwipps, a 1995 graduate of DePauw, tells the newspaper. "I try to talk about the book but I also talk about the process." He adds, "Usually you have people in the audience who are interested in writing or writers themselves. 52546A lot of times they're curious about the act of writing a book or the editing process or publication process."

What This River Keeps, which is Schwipps' first novel, won the 2010 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for "Emerging Author." Josh Garvey writes that the book "is set in southern Indiana and deals with an elderly couple that fears their farm will be taken from them or the river near it will be dammed. Schwipps said he drew on his childhood in Milan for the story."

"Those are the stories that I know how to tell because those are the details that I've lived," the professor states. "I tell my students that when you write something you know well, you should include the details that you've earned because other peoples haven't earned those details so they can't write that story the way you can."

Read more about tomorrow's event and Professor Schwipps at the Banner-Graphic's website.

Also available is this previous story.