Andrew Ervin, author of the novel “Extraordinary Renditions,” will offer a reading and discussion this weekend as a part of the SOJC annual PageTurners workshop.

Andrew Ervin, author of the novel “Extraordinary Renditions,” will offer a reading and discussion this weekend as a part of the SOJC annual PageTurners workshop. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 19 in the Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid St., Eugene.

“Ervin could be called a method writer for to his uncanny ability to write from perspectives outside of his own personal experiences,” said James Wallace Chair Peter Laufer. “This skill, combined with his ability to capture a sense of place, are two qualities that make him well qualified to speak to journalism students about adapting fiction writing devices to their work.”

Published in September 2010, “Extraordinary Renditions” is Ervin’s first novel. Reviewer Michele Leber of Booklist called the work a “thought-provoking exploration of tyranny, freedom, and the power of music.” Set in contemporary Budapest, the book is essentially three novellas that center around three different characters: an aging, internationally renowned composer; an African American GI; and a young American violinist. Ervin, who lived in Budapest during the city’s transition from communism to capitalism in the mid-1990s, drew upon his own personal experiences in writing the novel, which Publisher’s Weekly named as one of the 100 Best of Books of the year.

Ervin’s visit will be hosted by James Wallace Chair Peter Laufer. It is part of the sixth annual PageTurners class, a two-day story development workshop that brings the worlds of fiction and journalism together. It is designed to be a hands-on class in which students have the opportunity to work directly with experienced authors. The primary goal of PageTurners is to enrich discussions of diversity issues within the SOJC. Past PageTurner guest authors have included Doug Bates and Mark Trahant.

Ervin will also appear as a guest on Laufer’s KPNW-AM radio show at 7 a.m. on Feb. 19 to discuss his book and the writing process. For more information on Andrew Ervin, go to www.andrewervin.com.