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Bestselling Author Elizabeth Strout Will Speak March 4 and 5 University News
For release: February 26, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Elizabeth Strout
Elizabeth Strout
The River City Writers Series will bring bestselling author Elizabeth Strout to the University of Memphis for two events March 4-5.  Both events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, March 4, she will read from her work at 7 p.m. in the Psychology Auditorium.  A 6 p.m. reception will precede the reading.

On Thursday, March 5, she will give an interview from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Patterson Hall, Room 456.

Parking is available in the Fogelman garage on Innovation Drive or the general parking lots on Central and Southern avenues.

Strout’s most recent work, Olive Kitteridge, is a novel in stories and is a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction. She is also the author of Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense selection, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize.

Strout has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O, The Oprah Magazine. Strout is on the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) and lives in New York City.

The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the U of M English Department, the Creative Writing Club, Sigma Tau Delta, the Student Activities Council, Academic Enrichment Funds, Public Service Funds, the Hohenberg Foundation, Deborah Talbot, and Friends of the University Libraries.

For more information, call 901-678-4692.

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