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The Contemporary Writers Series at Canisius College will feature three nationally known authors of contemporary fiction in October and November.

Jill McCorkle will visit Canisius on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Marie Maday Theatre. McCorkle's first two novels, "The Cheer Leader" and "July 7th," were published simultaneously when she was 26. She is also the author of three other novels, "Tending to Virginia," "Ferris Beach" and "Carolina Moon," and two collections of short fiction, "Crash Diet" and "Final Vinyl Days."

On Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., in Canisius' Montante Cultural Center, Lackawanna native Connie Porter will read from her works. Porter is a graduate of City Honors High School. Following the publication of her critically acclaimed first novel, "All-Bright Court," she was named a regional winner in Granta's Best Young American Novelists competition. Porter is also the author of "Imani All Mine" and the best-selling "Addy" books in the American Girl series.

She has taught creative writing at Emerson College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and currently lives in Virginia where she is working on a novel set in the Hamlin Park neighborhood.

Tobias Wolff is scheduled to read from his works Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Wolff is the author of "The Barracks Thief," a short novel for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award; three collections of short fiction, "In the Garden of the North American Martyrs," "Back in the World" and "The Night in Question," and a memoir titled "This Boy's Life," which was made into a film.

The authors will read from their works and accept questions from the audience. A reception and book signing will conclude the evening. All events are free. For information, call 888-2790.