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Posted on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 10:33 a.m.

Elizabeth McCracken to visit the Zell Visiting Writers Series

By Ann Dwyer

The Zell Visiting Writers Series will host Elizabeth McCracken on Thursday. Besides only hosting the very cream of the author-ly crop, here's why you should go: 1) She is a former librarian, she knows what makes a great book. 2) Her book "The Giant's House" was a finalist for the National Book Award, which is only one of the acclaims her writing has received. 3) Her last name sounds like the Scottish version of a mythical sea monster.

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Not convinced? She has also written "An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination," "Niagara Falls All Over Again," and the short story collection "Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry." Not only that, organizations give her money to write; she's that good.

The Zell Writing Series brings outstanding writers each semester. Learn more about it at www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

Thursday, Feb. 07, 2013. 5:10 p.m. Free. 525 South State St., Ann Arbor. 734-764-0395.