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Public health writer visits UND for 54th Writers Conference

It’s UND Writers Conference time!

One of this year’s visiting authors is Alejandro Varela, an adjunct professor of public health turned fiction writer. Varela’s debut novel, The Town of Babylon (2022), follows Andrés, a public health professor who returns to his hometown and confronts a past he thought he’d left behind long ago. The novel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Varela’s work has appeared in The Point Magazine, Georgia Review, Boston Review, Harper’s, and The Offing, among others outlets.

Varela will participate in a panel discussion at UND’s Memorial Union Ballroom entitled “The Arts & Wellbeing” at noon on Friday, March 24. Although all Writers Conference events are free and open to the public, registration is appreciated, particularly for online participants.