MSU Faculty Member’s Award-Winning Book Available at Launch Event on August 11


Contact: Sarah Nicolas

Becky Hagenston (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Mississippi State University English professor Becky Hagenston donates signed copies of “The Age of Discovery and Other Stories” at the official book launch on Wednesday. [Aug. 11] at the Munson and Brothers Trading Post in Columbus.

Hosted by Friendly City Books, the 5:30 p.m. event features a featured reading by 2020 Pushcart Prize winner Hagenston. She will also be signing copies of her new book, published this year by The Ohio State University Press / Mad Creek Books.

The Journal, the award-winning Ohio State literary magazine, awarded “The Age of Discovery and Other Stories” its Non-Fiction Collectible Award, awarded annually for a collection of short stories, essays or a combination of the two.

The Ohio State University Press said Hagenston’s book creates a space where “the real and the fantastic collide in stories that stretch from Mississippi to Europe, and from the recent past to the near future. In these stories, men and women face grief, danger, loneliness and sometimes, the strangest discovery of all, unexpected joy.

“I had no idea where these stories were going when I started them, and they ended up in some pretty weird places involving robots, witches and magical leaven,” Hagenston said. “That’s what I love most about writing stories: seeing where they take me. “

A faculty member at MSU since 2001, Hagenston won the 2020 Pushcart Award for his 2018 short story “Hi Ho Cherry-O”. She is also the author of three award-winning collections of stories: “Scavengers”, Permafrost Book Prize; “Strange Weather”, Spokane Award for Short Fiction; and “A Gram of Mars”, Mary McCarthy Prize from Sarabande Books.

Hagenston has received two O. Henry Awards, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Reynolds Price Award in Short Fiction and the Julia Peterkin Award.

His work is published in journals such as the Oxford American, the New England Review, the Southern Review, and the Gettysburg Review.

A native of Maryland, Hagenston received a BA from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, an MA from the University of Arizona, and an MA from New Mexico State University.

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