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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Michener Center Visiting Writers to Read December 3

Jim Crace

Jim Crace

Anthony Giardina

Anthony Giardina

Visiting professors of the Michener Center for Writers‘ (MCW) this fall, Jim Crace and Anthony Giardina, will give a reading at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at the Avaya Auditorium, ACES building 2.302, on campus.

English novelist Crace, whose archive the Harry Ransom Center acquired this past year, has been twice shortlisted for the distinguished Man Booker Prize in Fiction, for his novels “Quarantine” and “Being Dead.”  His other novels include “The Pesthouse,” “Arcadia,” “Continent,” “The Gift of Stones” and “Archipelago,” forthcoming in…

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

UT alumnus inspired by true crimes of first woman executed in Louisiana for his latest book

Norman German, author of "A Savage Wisdom"

Norman German, author of "A Savage Wisdom"

“A Savage Wisdom” is inspired by the life, crimes and legends of Annie Beatrice McQuiston, aka Toni Jo Henry, the only woman executed in Louisiana’s electric chair. ShelfLife@Texas asked author and University of Texas at Austin graduate alumnus (English ’79) Norman German about his new book.

How did you first become familiar with McQuiston’s story?
Toni Jo’s story has intrigued me since childhood, when I would read about her in special features in the Lake Charles…

Monday, November 16, 2009

Michener Students Win Lilly Fellowship for Second Year Running

Roger Reeves, left, and Malachi Black, Lilly Fellows

Roger Reeves, left, and Malachi Black, Lilly Fellows

For the second year running, a student in the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing program of the Michener Center for Writers has received a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, among the most distinguished awards for aspiring poets who have yet to publish a book.  The fellowships are given by the Poetry Foundation, one of the largest literary foundations in the world and publisher of Poetry magazine.

Roger Reeves was one of the five Lilly fellows chosen in…

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anita Vangelisti Shares Tips for Better Communication

Vangelisti 2009

This week, “The Handbook of Family Communication,” edited by Anita Vangelisti, the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor in Communication, will receive the distinguished book award from Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) at its annual conference in Chicago.

“In the Handbook of Family Communication,” researchers examine communication across the life of families, including marital communication. Scholars from different educational specialties, including communication, psychology and sociology, explore topics such as the influence of characteristics of family relationships on specific…

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bill Gates Praises David Oshinsky’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book

polioanamericanstoryMicrosoft founder Bill Gates praised Distinguished Teaching Professor of History David Oshinsky’s book “Polio: An American Story” (Oxford University Press, 2005) during a speech titled “Why We are Impatient Optimists” last month in Wash. D.C.

Highlighting Oshinsky’s historical account of the polio epidemic in America, Gates addressed the need for improvements in global health care and medical technologies. Watch the video segment.

Learn more about Oshinsky’s book in the feature “More Than a March of Dimes.”