Jayne Anne Phillips to visit ECU October 9, 2014

The Contemporary Writers Series is proud to present writer Jayne Anne Phillips. Her novels address the social and historical tensions that challenge American families, from war to domestic violence. Her debut novel Machine Dreams (1984) is the quintessential Vietnam novel told from the experience of those left behind. Her fourth novel Lark and Termite (2009) was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her latest novel Quiet Dell (2014) is surely the measure of a writer coming to her full powers. Stephen King has said: “In a brilliant fusion of fact and fiction, Jayne Anne Phillips has written the novel of the year. It’s the story of a serial killer’s crimes and capture, yes, but it’s also a compulsively readable story of how one brave woman faces up to acts of terrible violence in order to create something good and strong in the aftermath. Quiet Dell will be compared to In Cold Blood, but Phillips offers something Capote could not: a heroine who lights up the dark places and gives us hope in our humanity.”

And former CWS guest Colm Toibin has written: “Quiet Dell has all the elements of a murder mystery, but its emotional scope is larger and more complex. It combines a strange, hypnotic and poetic power with the sharp tones of documentary evidence, offers a portrait of rural America in a time of crisis, and dramatizes the lives of a number of characters who are fascinating and memorable.”

Jayne Anne Phillips will read from her new novel at The Greenville Museum of Art on Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 pm. The public and university community are invited, and all events are free.

Ms. Phillips, who has taught at Harvard, Williams College, and Boston University will also visits classes while she is here in Greenville. She is currently the Director of the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark.

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Jerome Loving to visit campus

ECU is pleased to welcome Texas A&M’s Distinguished Professor Jerome Loving on Thursday, April 25.

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Events for the week of Sherman Alexie’s visit

Sherman Alexie’s visit to ECU is just over a month away! We would like to announce some additional events that will occur during the week preceding Alexie’s talk. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 21, Dr. Daniel Richter will give a lecture entitled “Native Peoples and the Battle of Nooherooka.” This will take place in ECU’s Hendrix Theater and is free to the public. Dr. Richter is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, March 23, there will be an ECNAO Powwow at ECU’s Minges Coliseum. This event will take place from 12-6pm.

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Contemporary Writers Series Presents Sherman Alexie

Photo of Sherman Alexie Native American writer Sherman Alexie will speak in Wright Auditorium on March 26, 2013 as part of the Contemporary Writers Series.

Sherman Alexie has received numerous awards for his work, including the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the PEN/Hemingway Award for The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for War Dances.

Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Blasphemy book cover imageAlexie’s newest work, Blasphemy, brings together new and classic stories.

Without Reservation ‘Blasphemy’ by Sherman Alexis (NY Times)

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie – review (The Guardian)

Short stories that take us to dangerous places (Washington Post)

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