- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Writing teachers instruct their students to build syntax that mirrors the ideas they wish to convey, to employ metaphors so skillfully chosen that they heighten the reader’s sense of both the tenor and the vehicle, to let the work’s construction and images do what the story alone cannot. If these instructors are really smart, they encourage their students to read the work of National Book Award winner Alice McDermott. The author of five books, currently the Richard A. Macksey Professor at Johns Hopkins University, will read from her latest work, “After This,” at 7:30 tonight at Barnes & Noble Bethesda (4801 Bethesda Ave.). Published in September, the novel chronicles the life of an Irish-Catholic family in America during the mid-20th century. The event is free, and more details are available by calling 301/986-1761 or checking the Web at www.barnesandnoble.com.

—Jenny Mayo

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