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2013 Book Festival Author
David McGlynn

A Door in the Ocean, Fox Cities author David McGlynn's most recent book, is being called stunning and eloquently told. In this memoir, McGlynn recounts the murder--still unsolved--of a close high school friend and the far-reaching effects this brutal death had on the author's own choices, beliefs, and life path. NPR literary critic Maureen Corrigan praised the work as "a compelling coming-of-age story, one marked by random tragedy and biblical tracts, bad church coffee and chlorine."

In addition to A Door in the Ocean, McGlynn wrote The End of the Straight and Narrow, an award-winning story collection that received the 2008 Utah Book Award and was named Outstanding Achievement by the Wisconsin Library Association. His stories and essays have appeared in such publications as Men's Health, The Huffington Post, and Best American Sports Writing. McGlynn teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and sons.

A lifelong swimmer, he was captain of the swimming and diving team at UC Irvine. He won the national championship in the 500-yard freestyle at the 2001 United States Masters Nationals. He now competes in open-water races and, on most mornings, is the first one in the pool.

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