PULLMAN, Wash. — Fulbright scholar and Moroccan professor Abdellatif Akbib will return to the Washington State University campus Tuesday, April 20, to give a reading of his works.

The public reading will be at 4 p.m. in Avery Hall’s Bundy Reading Room. A book signing will follow. This is Akbib’s second Fulbright grant to WSU.

A professor at Essaadi University in Tetouan, Morocco, Akbib has taught English language and literature there for 20 years, twice serving as chair of the university’s English department. 

His field of interest is fiction in general but short fiction in particular. Akbib has attended a number of conferences, both in Morocco and abroad, including the Oxford Conference on Creative Writing, April 2000. 

His publications include the short story collections “Graffiti, Between the Lines, the Lost Generation” and “Tangier’s Eyes on America,” a travel account of his 1999 Fulbright experiences at WSU. His first novel, “Hearts of Embers,” was published about a month ago. 

Akbib is the first writer from Morocco to write fiction — both short story and novel — in English. 

The event is co-sponsored by the WSU’s English and foreign language and cultures departments and the College of Liberal Arts.

For more information, contact Paula Coomer at (509) 335-6846.