Professor emeritus Ed Vasta reads from his work at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, at the Hammes Bookstore. The reading is free and open to the public.
Vasta taught a broad range of literary and humanistic subjects during his forty years at Notre Dame. He published scholarly books, articles, and reviews as a medieval scholar, but he also wrote short stories, novels, and screenplays, and now, in retirement, he devotes his attention to his lifelong love of creative writing, for which he received, in 1979, a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Currently, OakTara Publications, which specializes in religious fiction, is producing three of his novels: Love and Redemption, To Carthage We Came, and Family Passions. OakTara is also printing his collection of children’s stories, Mud Pie Mysteries, and another collection of short stories, Tales from the Hidden Apple.
The principal motivating purpose for Vasta’s reading this year is to pay homage to Richard Sullivan, his creative writing professor and faculty colleague at Notre Dame. In Sullivan’s honor, Ed Vasta will read “The Little Hidden Apple,” Vasta’s first short story, which was published with Sullivan’s help.