Reading & Book Signing: Nathan Hill


We welcome back to campus Nathan Hill, Associate Professor of English at St. Thomas and author of the bestselling novel, THE NIX.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Free and Open to the Public


O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, O'Shaughnessy Room (Room 108)

We are pleased to welcome back author and St. Thomas Associate Professor of English Nathan Hill as he reads selections from his bestselling novel, The Nix.

A Nix can take many forms. In Norwegian mythology, it is a spirit who appears as a white horse that steals children away. In Nathan Hill’s first novel, a Nix is anything you love that one day disappears, taking with it a piece of your heart.

Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix all his own: his mother. She walked out on him and his father when he was just a small boy and he hasn’t seen her in decades. Now, in a surprising twist of fate, Samuel is asked to tell his mother’s life story for a biography-cum-exposé. Crippled under a mountain of debt from his long-overdue book contract, he promises his publisher he’ll write it. The only problem is, he doesn’t yet know what to tell—or if he’ll be able to talk to his mother without bursting into tears.

Taking us on a journey from the rural Midwest of the 1960s to New York City during the Great Recession, and culminating in the notorious 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, here is novel of great emotional force: a family epic that explores, with both humor and tenderness, the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

Selected as one of six hot titles for autumn at BookExpo America, The Nix has received starred book reviews from Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly and has been listed as a "must read" title by Entertainment Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, Huffington Post, Bookish, The Master's Review, and Gear Patrol, as well as by the Strand Bookstore in New York City.

International publication will follow in more than a dozen languages. For more about Hill, please visit his website at

Photo Credit: Michael Lionstar

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Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.

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Anderson Student Center Parking Garage--visitor parking is available at the Anderson Student Center Parking Garage only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The Anderson Student Center Parking Garage entrance can be accessed from the Anderson Student Center turnaround off of Cretin Avenue.

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