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CR/HSU Book of the Year Author to Read
Nov 15, 2013 - 10:00:00 AM

College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University's 2013/14 Book of the Year author Jim Dodge will read selections from his novel Fup three times in November. Dodge will read first at HSU on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Goodwin Forum. And at CR, he will read in the New Theater on Friday, Nov. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Jim will also be making an appearance at the CR Mendocino Coast Campus at 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 19. A book signing will follow all readings which are free and open to the public.

Fup, originally published in 1983, is a work of fiction that tells the story of Jake Santee, his grandson "Tiny," and Fup, their adopted mallard living on a farm in the hills of western Sonoma County. We also learn about the back-story that brings Jake, a gambler who travels the West, and Tiny, a young man who loves building fences on a farm with no livestock, together with Fup, an eccentric duck with a fondness for drinking moonshine.

The Los Angeles Times described Fup as a "contemporary California fable of transcendent charm, wisdom, and beauty." The book was re-released in 2011 in a new, updated edition and can be found in both the HSU and CR bookstores.

Born in Sonoma County, Jim Dodge grew up in Texas, Wyoming, southern California, and Labrador. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Since 1995, Jim has been a faculty member in the English Department at Humboldt State University.

Details of the Book of the Year program are posted at and

Contact Ken Ayoob, HSU Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at 826-4491 or; at CR, contact Vinnie Peloso, at 707-476-4565 or


Book of the Year author Jim Dodge. Photo by Bob Doran.
Book of the Year author Jim Dodge. Photo by Bob Doran.

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