For release: January 29, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
Acclaimed author Percival Everett will open the spring 2008 season of the University
of Memphis' River City Writers Series. He will read from his work Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.
in the Fogelman Executive Center, Room 123. A reception will precede the reading at
6 p.m. On Feb. 5 he will conduct an interview with students at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson
Hall, Room 456. Both events are free and open to the public.
Everett is the author of 19 books, including a farcical Western, a savage satire of
the publishing industry, a children's story spoofing counting books and retellings
of the Greek myths of Medea and Dionysus. Everett has earned the PEN USA Literary
Award for his 2005 novel Wounded, the Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for his 2001 novel Erasure. He also won the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature for
his 1996 story collection Big Picture. Everett is a distinguished professor of English at the University of Southern California,
where he teaches creative writing, American studies and critical theory.
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.