PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Department of English will open the 2003 Visiting Writer Series with Lesa Luders at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the WSU Museum of Art’s gallery.

Luders, an English instructor at WSU, will read from her novel “Lady God,” a powerful and moving story of a young woman’s journey toward healing. A reception and book signing will follow. 

Ursula Hegi, author of “Stones From the River,” said Luder’s book is “a courageous and complex first novel about a daughter’s relationship with a mother who is terrifying yet loving, destructive yet magical.  In prose that is lyrical and haunting, Lesa Luders depicts a daughter’s journey toward healing, autonomy and celebration of her sexuality.”

Luders’ fiction and nonfiction have been published by, among others, Willow Springs, Permafrost, A Room of One’s Own and Frontiers, and in an anthology of essays on Idaho Rivers, “Written on Water.”

Future guests of the Visiting Writer Series include internationally acclaimed poet Galway Kinnell at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and memoirist William Gruber from Emory University at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

For more information, contact Paula Coomer or Shannon Densmore for more at (509) 335-6846.