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Release date:
June 13, 2001
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or

"Shipping News" Author Focus of Emory Summer Writers' Festival July 26-27

WHO: Pulitzer Prize-winning author E. Annie Proulx
WHAT: Emory University Summer Writers’ Festival
WHEN: July 26-27
WHERE: Emory University, rooms 207 and 208 White Hall, 480 Kilgo Circle, Emory.
COST: Free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-727-4683.

The Emory University Creative Writing Program 2001 Summer Writers’ Festival celebrates the work of E. Annie Proulx, author of "The Shipping News." Proulx received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1994 for "The Shipping News," and was described by The New York Times as a work which "displays Ms. Proulx’s surreal humor and her zest for the strange foibles of humanity....Her inventive language is finely, if exhaustively, accomplished."

Proulx will read from her work, discuss her techniques and teach a master class for the July 26-27 festival, held in conjunction with the Emory Summer Writers’ Institute that runs July 3-Aug. 9.

She was the first woman to be honored with the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, which she won in 1993 for her first novel, "Postcards." Recent works by Proulx include the novel "Accordion Crimes" (1996) and the collection "Close Range, Wyoming Stories" (1999).

A highlight of the two-day festival will be a spontaneous conversation between Proulx and Jim Grimsley, senior resident fellow in creative writing at Emory. Grimsley is an award-winning author and playwright, whose credits include the novels "Winter Birds," "Dream Boy," "My Drowning" and "Comfort and Joy." Playwright-in-residence at Atlanta’s 7 Stages Theater, Grimsley’s plays include "Mr. Universe," "White People," "The Lizard of Tarsus" "The Decline and Fall of the Rest," "The Borderland" and the acclaimed "In Berlin." Grimsley was awarded the 1993 Bryan Family Prize for Drama by the Fellowship of Southern writers for his distinguished body of work as a playwright.

All festival events are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 26:
• 4 p.m. Conversation with Annie Proulx and Jim Grimsley, 207 White Hall, 480 Kilgo Circle, Emory.
• 8 p.m. Reading by Annie Proulx, reception and book signing to follow the reading, 208 White Hall, 480 Kilgo Circle, Emory.

Friday, July 27:
• 10 a.m. master class led by Proulx. 207 White Hall, 480 Kilgo Circle, Emory.

For more information on the Summer Writers’ Institute or Festival, go to or call the Emory Creative Writing Program at 404-727-4683.

For more information on Proulx or to read her occasional essays, go on-line to


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