Fairfield University wil host a talk by a Catholic author and professor 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the dining room of the school's Charles F. Dolan School of Business, 1073 N. Benson Road.

Ron Hansen will discuss how his Catholic faith has influenced his development as a writer in a talk titled "Making Things Up: A Catholic Writer's Beginnings."

Hansen, a prolific novelist, is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. He has also taught fiction and screenwriting at Stanford, Michigan, Cornell and Iowa universities.

The event, sponsored by Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies as part of the university's sixth annual Catholicism and the Arts Lecture, is free.

For information about other events sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies, visitwww.fairfield.edu/cs.