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River City Writers Series Will Welcome Roy Blount Jr. April 12-13

For release: April 3, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Roy Blount Jr.
Roy Blount Jr.

The River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis will welcome essayist, journalist, author, and humorist Roy Blount Jr. for two events April 12-13. Blount will read from his work April 12 at 8 p.m. in the University Center, Room 300. Refreshments will be available, and there will be a book raffle.  The next day he will give an interview at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456. Both events are free and open to the public.

Blount is the author of 22 books about everything from the first woman president of the United States to what barnyard animals are thinking. As a writer and editor at Sports Illustrated, he wrote About Three Bricks Shy…And the Load Filled Up about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker called it “the best of all books about pro football.” Blount has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and Politically Incorrect. A panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me, he writes for Oxford American, Garden and Gun, and many other journals. Time magazine places Blount “in the tradition of the great curmudgeons like H.L. Mencken and W.C. Fields.” Garrison Keillor has said, “Blount is the best. He can be literate, uncouth, and soulful all in one sentence.”

The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the Writing Program, the Creative Writing Club, the Department of English, Student Event Allocation, the Hohenberg Foundation, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

RCWS is one of the longest running reading series in the nation, serving the U of M and the Mid-South community since 1977.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

For more information, email creativewriting@memphis.edu  or holladay@memphis.edu, or call 901-678-2651.

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