Pentangle Reception Features Noted Nonfiction Writer

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 23, 2008) - Creative nonfiction writer Lee Gutkind will be the featured speaker at an awards reception at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the court-yard gazebo at Manatee Community College (MCC) Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The reception is in honor of winners of MCC's Pentangle magazine poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction contests. It is free and open to the public.

Gutkind will answer questions about his most recent book, "Almost Human: Making Robots Think," a portrait of the robotics subculture and the quest for robot autonomy. The award-winning author takes a behind-the-scenes look at young roboticists and their works, machines that play soccer, go on treasure hunts, and work in hospitals and museums. Vanity Fair called Gutkind the "godfather behind creative nonfiction" and his books have explored the lives of veterinarians, baseball umpires, motorcyclists and mentally ill children.

Pentangle winners' works are eligible for inclusion in the award-winning magazine. First-, second- and third-place winners win cash awards of $75, $50 and $25 respectively. All winners receive certificates.

Pentangle advisors are Courtney Ruffner and Jeff Grieneisen. Joe Loccisano is art consultant. The magazine is published each spring.

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