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Beloit professor Clancy signs two-book deal with St. Martin’s

This article was originally printed in the Feb. 4, 2019 issue of The Round Table. 

Christi Clancy, Assistant Visiting Professor of English at Beloit College, has accepted a two-book publishing deal with St. Martin’s publishing house. Clancy has taught at Beloit for seven years and has been featured in many publications like Sun Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. Her fiction has been published in Midwestern Gothic and Glimmer Train literary magazines.

Before Beloit, Clancy received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and worked in marketing at IBM as a marketing strategist for eight years. In 2011 Clancy received her Ph.D from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a specialty in suburban literature and ecocriticism.

“Teaching English at Beloit has also helped me stay focused and inspired. I love introducing my students to writers I love, and discovering new stories,” Clancy said about her time at Beloit. “If it weren’t for teaching, I don’t think I’d have occasion to dive back into ‘teachable’ stories I’ve read again and again. Through this practice, I always find something new to learn and appreciate.”

One of Clancy’s works, The Second Home, will be out in the spring of 2020. It tells the story of three siblings who inherit an old house in Cape Cod that has been in the family for generations. Two of the siblings want to keep the house, but one doesn’t. In order to find out why, they need to go back to the summer where everything changed.

The inspiration of the book came after a long history of Clancy’s family home.

“Mostly, I was inspired by nostalgia for the summers of my youth in Cape Cod with my sisters,” she said. “We didn’t have phones or video games, but we had bikes and books and a naturally gorgeous, interesting and historic place where we could explore, swim and daydream.”

J. Ryan Stradal, the New York Times best-selling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest, said of Clancy’s book: “Clancy’s propulsive, provocative  debut novel is a sure-footed ode to the strength of family, the depth of loss, and the power of forgiveness.”

Clancy awaits her book publishing with excitement, and plans to tour extensively, especially in her home state Wisconsin and all along the East Coast. “The book isn’t just about a second home; it’s about creating second families.”

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