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River City Writers Series U of M News
For release: October 3, 2008

For press information, contact Jan Coleman, 901/678-4692

The River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis is thrilled to announce its spectacular fall 2008 line-up:  With an award winning poet, the bestselling food writer and journalist, and the author of a book just released as a Spike Lee film, you won’t want to miss any of these events.  All the readings will feature receptions with food and beverages before each event. As always, River City Writers Series events are free and open to the public.  Our author line-up this year:

Ellen Bryant Voigt
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Ellen Bryant Voigt is the author of several collections of poetry including Shadow of Heaven, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Kyrie, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s circle award.  She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Pushcart Prize. She served as the Vermont State Poet from 1999 to 2003.

When: September 25, 2008
Interview with the author: 10:30am, Patterson Hall room 456, University of Memphis
Reception: 6:00 p.m. Fogelman Executive Center room 219, U of M, 330 Innovation Drive
Reading. 7:00 in Fogelman 219.  Book signing to follow reading.  Free parking available.

Trevor Corson
Trevor Corson
Trevor Corson is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Lobsters- named best nature book of the year by USA Today and Discover- and The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice.  He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others.  Corson and his work have been featured on numerous television and radio programs, including CBS Sunday Morning and Iron Chef

When: October 9, 2008 and October 10, 2008
Reception: October 9 at 6:00 p.m, Pink Palace Ballroom, 3050 Central Ave, Memphis.
Reading. October 9 at 7:00.  Book signing to follow reading.  Pink Palace Ballroom.
Interview with the author:  October 10 at 10:30am, Patterson Hall room 456, U of M

James McBride
James McBride
James McBride is the bestselling author of the memoir The Color of Water.  He is the author of several novels, including Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which was released as a Spike Lee film in September 2008.   He has written for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. He is also an accomplished jazz musician.

When: November 10, 2008
Reading. November 10 at 7:00. Rose Theater, 470 University Street, U of M.

Please contact Jan Coleman at 901-678-4692 or for more information, including full author bios, or to set up an interview with any of the visiting authors.

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