Harry Ransom Center Hosts Amy Tan, Denis Johnson, Tim O’Brien and Lee Blessing to Kick Off Symposium

Nov. 11, 2008

Event: To open the 2008 Flair Symposium, writers Lee Blessing, Denis Johnson, Tim O'Brien and Amy Tan discuss their work and the future of reading with James Magnuson, director of the Michener Center for Writers.

When: 7 p.m., Nov. 13.

Where: AT&T Conference Center Ballroom, 1900 University Ave.

Background: Likely topics include the writers' early encounters with reading, the transformation of reading in the Internet age and the rapidly changing publishing industry.

Seating is free, but limited. Paid registrants for the symposium will have reserved seating. This public event will be webcast at www.hrc.utexas.edu/webcast.

The 2008 Flair Symposium, "Creating a Usable Past: Writers, Archives, and Institutions," takes place Thursday, Nov. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 15. During the three-day event, writers, archivists, dealers, agents and scholars will seek to understand the forces that create, protect, provide access to and interpret literary archives. Registration is closed, but the symposium will be webcast. Learn more at www.hrc.utexas.edu/flair.

The Flair Symposium, held biennially at the Ransom Center, honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.

For more information, contact: Alicia Dietrich, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512 232 3667;  Jennifer Tisdale, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512-471-8949.