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Fiction Writer Megan Staffel to present examination of cinema, text at Alfred University

Megan Staffel, fiction writer, will present her examination of cinema and text “I already saw the movie: why should I read the book” on Thursday, April 22, during Alfred University’s Bergren Forum at 12:10 p.m., in Nevins Theatre, Powell Campus Center. This event is free of charge and open to public.

“I find that reading a novel or short story is frequently a richer, that is, more involving experience than seeing the movie that it became,” said Staffel. At the Bergren Forum, she will compare the same scene in fiction to its cinematic version.

“I will attempt to show that the original form, built solely out of words and the reader’s imagination, is both more vital and effective.”

Staffel is the author of two novels: “The Notebook of Lost Things” and “She Wanted Something Else,” published by Soho Press and North Point Press, respectively. Staffel has also published a collection of short stories titled “A Length of Wire and Other Stories.”

Staffel’s short stories have appeared in journals including The Northwest Review, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, and The Kansas Quarterly; her stories have been listed on Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.

Staffel has taught at the University of Iowa, Kansas State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Vermont College. Currently, she teaches in the master of fine arts program for writers at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina.

For more information about her work, contact Staffel at

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.