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Award-Winning Author to Visit Ohio Wesleyan, Read from Debut Novel

March 25, 2008

Tony D’Souza
DELAWARE, OHIO – Former Peace Corps volunteer and award-winning author Tony D’Souza will read from his debut novel “Whiteman” at noon April 3 in the Bayley Room in Ohio Wesleyan University’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

D’Souza’s novel, “Whiteman,” tells the story of an American relief worker stationed in the West African bush who decides to keep his post despite funding for his assignment having been eliminated. The character, Jack Diaz, witnesses violence between Christians and Muslims and gets a true glimpse of African life and the insignificance of skin color. “Whiteman” has attracted wide praise, earning honors including the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The New York Times Book Review Editor's Pick.

A native of Chicago, D’Souza spent three years as a rural AIDS educator in West Africa with the Peace Corps. He earned master’s degrees in writing from Hollins University (Roanoke, Va.) and the University of Notre Dame. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowships, D’Souza’s work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Playboy, and Esquire.

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