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October 16, 2007 - Grand Rapids, Michigan (September 18, 2007) - Aquinas College will host renowned poet, essayist and commentator Thomas Lynch as part of its Contemporary Writers Series on Thursday, November 1, 2007. The event, which is underwritten by The Lafayette Fund, will feature an author reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Wege Center Ballroom. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Thomas Lynch is a poet, essayist, commentator and funeral director of Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Milford, Michigan. Described by Richard Berstein of The New York Times as "a cross between Garrison Keillor and William Butler Yeats," Lynch has published six books of essays and poetry and is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Times of London. He has additionally contributed to Harper's magazine as well as numerous nationally-televised programs. Lynch, who inherited the family undertaking business upon his father’s death, is recognized for his moving reflections on both life and death. His 1997 book "The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade" won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. That book, along with Lynch's "Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality," is cited by Alan Ball as a prime influence in his creation of HBO's award-winning "Six Feet Under" series on life in a funeral home.

The Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series was founded by a grant from Tony Foster, M.D. ’73 and Linda Nemec Foster ’72. The series kicked off in 1997 by bringing well-known authors to Aquinas College for public readings and workshops with students.

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