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Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00 am

William Alexander will be doing a public reading of his debut novel, "Goblin Secrets" at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Taking place in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 24, the reading will be free to attend.

Alexander is a visiting faculty in the Liberal Arts department at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in Minneapolis, Minn. His 2012 novel won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and landed on the New York Times bestseller list, as well.

"Fantasy is enjoying unprecedented popularity and 'Goblin Secrets' is part of that trend, along with Harry Potter and 'The Hobbit,'" said Thomas Pitcher, an English lecturer at UW-Platteville, who organized the reading. "We need fantasy -- not to escape problems in the real world, but to think through solutions."

The same day as the reading, Alexander will speak to students in World Building, a special topics course where students craft detailed worlds for speculative fiction.

And Tuesday, March 25, Alexander will speak to students in Biogeography, a course that examines the living environment at spatial scales of individual organisms up to ecosystems at ecological and evolutionary time.

Alexander's second novel, "Ghoulish Song," was released March 5.

For more information about both books, visit www.goblinsecrets.com.

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