Novelist to Deliver Fiction Reading


Laura McHugh, a Truman alumna, McNair Scholar and author, will read her work at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater as a part of the Clayton B. Ofstad Reading Series.

McHugh lives in Columbia, Mo., with her husband and children. Her debut novel, “The Weight of Blood,” won both the 2015 International Thriller Writers award and a Silver Falchion award for best first novel. It was also nominated for a Barry award, an Alex award and a Good Reads Choice award. “The Weight of Blood” was named one of the best books of the year by Book Page, the Kansas City Star and the Sunday Times. Her most recent novel, “Arrowood,” is an Indie Next pick and a Library Reads pick.

Sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics, this event is free and open to the public.

Due to the generosity and vision of Odessa Ofstad in creating the Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Chair in English and Linguistics, the Department of English and Linguistics is able to offer a range of intensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops in creative writing, English and linguistics led by guest writers and scholars. Along with these classes, the Clayton B. Ofstad Reading Series, which features these guests, has become a centerpiece of departmental and campus culture.