Alan Cheuse is the 2010 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Scholar. Cheuse is a fiction writer, journalist, and the book commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Cheuse will present "Reading to Live" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, in Mitchell Auditorium in the Health Professions Center at USI. He will discuss readings from major poets and fiction writers whose work has influenced his own, and read a new short story. The lecture is free and open to the public. On the same day, Cheuse will present a lecture for students, "Reading and Writing in a Digital Age," at 1 p.m. in Kleymeyer Hall in the Liberal Arts Center. Cheuse is the author of the novels The Grandmothers Club and The Light Possessed, the short story collections Lost and Old Rivers and The Tennessee Waltz, and a memoir, Fall Out of Heaven. His latest novel, To Catch the Lightning, won the Grub Street National Prize for Fiction for 2009, and A Trance After Breakfast,, a collection of travel essays, was published last June. With fellow novelist Nicholas Delbanco, he wrote the newly published Literature: Craft & Voice, an introduction to college literary study. Since the late 1980s, he has taught in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at George Mason University and at the summer conference of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. The 2010 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Scholar Lecture is sponsored by the English Department, the University Core Curriculum, and RopeWalk Visiting Writers Series. For more information, call 812/465-7128.