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      October 13, 2019

      Sunday   4:00 PM

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      This Passing World, The Journal of Geoffrey Chaucer - Book Launch

      This Fall, join author Michael B. Herzog for an evening you'll never forget as we celebrate the launch of This Passing World, A Journal of Geoffrey Chaucer.  Ticket purchase includes an early release copy of the This Passing World in beautiful Hard Cover, hosted wine, & live music.   Michael Herzog will read from his latest novel followed by an author signing. Early praise for This Passing World Michael Herzog has written an opus, a life work that deftly touches mind and heart.  The prose flows like a stylist’s and the characters emerge from history like they are contemporary friends, acquaintances, and in some cases, nemeses.  This is a beautiful work I hope anyone who likes historical fiction will read and savor. Michael Gurian, New York Times bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys and The Miracle. Author Michael Herzog has two things in common with his hero, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer: he has a wonderfully rich imagination and he creates a host of memorable characters. The result is a gripping and rewarding novel that opens a window on a world of intrigue, danger, soul-searching and personal struggle. It may well be set in the past but it has the power to haunt the reader in the present. Ken Pickering, published author, University of Kent, Canterbury, England. What Mike Herzog does in this fresh and inventive novel is bring Chaucer alive. Though grounded in the history and culture of the Middle Ages, this is a man who sounds like us and thinks like us. His voice is our voice, his struggle ours. With humor and insight, deftness and detail, Herzog gives a Chaucer for the twenty-first century. Chris Anderson, Professor of English, published poet. Michael B. Herzog was born in Romania in the last year of WW II, grew up in post-war Germany and immigrated to the US at the age of nine. He earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and spent forty-five years as a professor and administrator at Gonzaga University.  A Danforth Fellow, he has won multiple teaching awards, has written scholarly articles as well as two plays based on medieval poems, and served as Chief of Staff to the President at Gonzaga. While he was teaching the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer for more than three decades, he became increasingly fascinated with the life and art of this pre-eminent medieval poet of England, and began the long process of creating a novel that would capture the spirit and the reality of this remarkable courtier and poet while honoring the work and legacy of an individual who both captured and shaped English culture more than any other author before Shakespeare. Professor Emeritus Herzog is currently working on "completing," in modern English prose, Chaucer's unfinished masterwork: "The Canterbury Tales."

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