Harry Ransom Center Hosts The David Foster Wallace Symposium

Jan. 9, 2012

Event: The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, hosts The David Foster Wallace Symposium.

Opening page of corrected proof of David Foster Wallace's 1996 essay 'Shipping Out: On the (Nearly Lethal) Comforts of a Luxury Cruise' for Harper's magazine. Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.

When: 7 p.m. on April 5 and events throughout the day on April 6.

Where: Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall, 21st and Whitis streets, and the Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe streets, at The University of Texas at Austin.

Background: The Ransom Center holds Wallace’s archive, which was made accessible for research in September 2010. For the symposium, writers, editors, journalists and critics gather to discuss Wallace’s life and work in panel discussions on such topics as “Editors on Wallace” and “A Life through the Archive.”

Symposium moderators and participants include Wallace’s literary agent Bonnie Nadell, editor Michael Pietsch of  Little, Brown and Company and Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin.

Symposium registration is limited and opens Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. CST. Participants must register online. The $55 registration fee includes access to all events on the schedule.

All symposium events will be webcast live at http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/webcast.

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