Fall 2015 Reading Series

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
7:30 pm Blanton Auditorium, Edgar Smith Bldg on campus

J Ward thumbWard is the author of the 2011 National Book Award-winning novel, Salvage the Bones, and a 2014 memoir, Men We Reaped, shortlisted for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award.  She teaches at Tulane University.  A moderated talk on issues of race, gender and poverty in the South will follow her reading.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Chas Wright thumbU.S. Poet Laureate Wright has authored over a dozen volumes of poetry, criticism, and translation. He shared the 1983 National Book Award for Country Music and won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Black Zodiac.  Robert Casper, the Head of the Poetry & Literature Center at the Library of Congress, will conduct a Q & A with Wright.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
T.C. Boyle
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

TCB thumbThe amazingly prolific Boyle has published 25 award-winning novels and story collections—most recently The Harder They Fall—translated into two dozen languages. In conjunction with the Texas Institute of Textual & Literary Studies (TILTS) symposium this year, he will read a piece of fiction addressing environmentalist themes.  His archive resides at UT’s Ransom Center.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Crace color wiresColor Tony Fall 2015 visiting professors, MCW.  Crace’s ten books to date have received such honors as the Whitbread Novel Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award (Being Dead) and been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize (Quarantine, Harvest).  Crace’s archive also resides at the UT Ransom Center.  Anthony Giardina is the author of five novels, a story collection, and numerous plays, most recently City of Conversation, which has its world premier at Lincoln Center last year.