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Coming-of-Age Tragedy Novel by Award-Winning Author Richard Duggin Soon to Exhibit at the Printers Row Lit Fest 2023

Richard Duggin was the founder and chair of the UNO Writer’s Workshop and had taught fiction writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for over 60 years. He came out with another highly acclaimed novel that will soon hit an exhibit at the Printers Row Lit Fest 2023. The novel, titled “Boys In Exile,” is an intense, thought-provoking work into the trauma of bullying and the tragedy it creates as the victims grow.

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“Duggin is a masterful storyteller. He sets a flawless stage, and readers will be swept into his dynamic renderings and find themselves lost in reflection throughout the book. He brings his story full-circle to a powerful ending that will weigh heavily with readers and consume them long after the book is finished." - BookLife Prize - 2022

The Printers Row Lit Fest celebrates the legacy of Chicago’s old printing houses that introduced many genre-defining authors, popular magazines, and major publications to the world. This year, award- winning author Richard Duggin will also be having one of his most recent books on display for the privilege of the fest’s many visitors.

Duggin is known by many as a longtime teacher of fiction writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His short stories have been featured in the Beloit Fiction Journal, Playboy magazine, Kansas Quarterly, and more.

At Printers Row Lit Fest 2023, the book he’ll be exhibiting is “Boys In Exile,” a grim tale that explores the horrors of bullying and its ramifications for men as they grow older in life.

The story starts with grandfather Elliott Streett as he tends to his grandson right after the boy had a run- in with schoolyard bullies. The incident brings back Elliott’s own share of painfully similar memories and prompts him to impart a very difficult lesson to his grandson.

Long ago, Elliott was one of 10 pre-adolescent boys selected for a stay at Timber Wolf cabin at Camp Hemlock. The program was originally intended to foster friendships and “learn life-long social skills.” But being physically weak, his efforts to earn approval and friendship was only met with treacherous humiliation. And as a consequence, young Elliott’s moral compass was eroded to the point that he did something that still haunts him to the present day.

Readers eager to check out “Boys In Exile” by Richard Duggin can find the book over at the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet’s exhibit at the Printers Row Lit Fest 2023. The literary festival will occur on September 9-10, 2023, at Printers Row Park, South Loop, Chicago, Illinois. The book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

“Boys In Exile”
Author | Richard Duggin
Published date | June 10, 2022
Publisher | BookLocker Press
Genre | Novel

Author Bio
Richard Duggin, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, has taught fiction writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the past sixty years. He founded and was chair of the UNO Writer’s Workshop, a BFA degree program in creative writing. More recently, in 2005 he founded and was Director of the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program, a low-residency graduate writing program in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screen and stage.

Duggin’s published work includes 3 novels: “The Music Box Treaty;” “Woman Refusing To Leave;” “Boys In Exile” (prize winner for the novel, PublishersWeekly/BookLife Best Fiction of 2022); and a collection of short stories, “Why Won’t You Talk To Me: Selected Stories.” He has published widely a number of short stories which have appeared in such periodicals as Beloit Fiction Journal, Laurel Review, The Sun, Playboy Magazine, Crosscurrents, Kansas Quarterly, and elsewhere. His work has been cited by Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Playboy Magazine Best Fiction.

Over the years, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Merit Awards, and was awarded several artist residencies at Ragdale, Yaddo, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

He lives with his wife, Cynthia, and two dogs in Omaha, Nebraska.

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