Novelist Lan Samantha Chang, director of the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will give a free public reading at Northern Michigan University on Thursday, March 12. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Cadillac Room of the University Center. Chang is a native of Appleton, Wis. She is the author of Hunger: A Novella and Stories, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and winner of the California Book Award, as well as Inheritance: A Novel. Her fiction has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories and other publications. Since 2006, Chang has been the director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the oldest writing workshop in the United States and the alma mater of such authors as John Irving, Jane Smiley, Allan Gurganus, Bharati Mukherjee, Ann Patchett and Flannery O’Connor. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University, she is the recipient of awards from Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This reading is sponsored by the NMU English department and Passages North. For more information, contact Rebecca Johns, director of the NMU visiting writer program, at 227-1795.