- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Norwich University is going to be hosting a noted memoirist as part of the school’s writers’ series.

On Feb. 10, Jaed Coffin, author of “A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants” and of the forthcoming book, “Roughhouse Friday” will read in the Milano Ballroom.

The reading on the Northfield campus is the first in Norwich’s 2014 Writers Series, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications.

“A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants” is about his move as a 21-year-old, half-Thai American from Middlebury College to his mother’s native village in Thailand in pursuit of being ordained a Buddhist monk.

“Roughhouse Friday” is about his time as a barroom boxer in Juneau, Alaska, where he won a middleweight title.

The event is free.

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