School motto resonates with ‘Lobster’ author

School motto resonates with ‘Lobster’ author

CLARKSON CONVOCATION: Writer speaks to freshmen who read novel for orientation

POTSDAM — Author Stewart O’Nan didn’t realize when he agreed to be Clarkson University’s convocation speaker that the college’s motto would turn out to describe perfectly the main character in his latest novel.

“‘A Workman That Needeth Not to be Ashamed.’ That’s Manny,” he said.

A former engineer, Mr. O’Nan has earned acclaim for turning his lucid eye on America’s overlooked edges.

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