Writer visits campus for reading
In the last of a series of visiting writers to campus this semester, Washburn hosted fiction author Grant Tracey on Oct. 22 in the Vogel Room.
Tracey read from his new book Parallel Lines and the Hockey Universe. The book, his first work of fiction, is a collection of short stories about life and relationships set against a background of sports.
The stories in Parallel Lines and the Hockey Universe convey several emotions, from warmth to anger, and mixing in a good amount of humor. The full range of these qualities were displayed as Tracey animatedly read two selections, "Kicks," a story about a father-daughter relationship revolving around a soccer tryout, and "Hat Trick," a story about a brother-sister relationship that once revolved around hockey, but changes as the sister gets older and interested in other things.
"Some of the parts are personal, but I'm a big fan of hockey and used that a lot in the stories," said Tracey.
A good deal of research went into composing the book, from reading about hockey in books and magazines to actually traveling with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL for a year and conducting interviews with players and staff.
"It was a lot of hard work," said Tracey. "There was a bunch of time spent writing and re-writing."
Tracey is currently working on his second fiction book entitled, Playing Mac and Other Scenes. The new book will revolve around the theatre and will involve one of the secondary characters in his current collection. At the present time, he is beginning the process of sending out manuscripts.
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Tracey received his master's degree in creative writing from Kansas State University and later received his doctorate from the University of Illinois. He currently teaches creative writing and film studies at the University of Northern Iowa where he is also the fiction editor of the North American Review. He has previously published a work of non-fiction about films.