'Important Moments' author back for readings

Tacoma native Richard Wiley to mark new novel ‘Important Moments’ with visit

Staff reportJanuary 31, 2014 

Tacoma native Richard Wiley, a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for best American fiction, will have two Tacoma readings and signings of his new novel “The Book of Important Moments.”

Wiley is a professor of English and the associate director of the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of six other novels, including “Soldiers in Hiding,” “Festival of Three Thousand Maidens” and “Commodore Perry’s Minstrel Show.”

Wiley will hold a reading at Tacoma Public Library’s Wheelock branch at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

On Wednesday, Wiley will visit with students at the University of Puget Sound and then hold a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. in The Forum at UPS’s Trimble Hall.

“The Book of Important Moments” follows a woman, Ruth Rhodes, who is confronted by the man who raped her years earlier. She must face her past while coming clean with her husband. The husband, meanwhile, is dealing with the grief and mystery surrounding the murder of his mother. The work of fiction also includes the voice of the rapist, who tells his own side of the story.

Both the Tacoma Library and UPS events are free and open to the public.

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