March 2, 2011

Advance Notice

Feminist Founders Reading features writer Bobbie Ann Mason

Award-winning author Bobbie Ann Mason will give a public reading and meet with students during her time at Emory.

Writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky, Mason delivers the "Feminist Founders Reading" as part of the Creative Writing Program Reading Series, Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.  This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a booksigning with the author.

In addition to the public reading, Mason will share her writing experience with students during an open colloquium, Thursday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Callaway Center N301.

Raised on a Kentucky dairy farm, Mason began writing imitations of mystery novels as a child and was inspired by authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Her first collection of short stories, "Shiloh & Other Stories," won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was nominated for the American Book Award, the PEN Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Mason is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her works, "Feather Crowns" and "Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail," won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and her memoir, "Clear Springs," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Co-sponsors of the Feminist Founders Reading, a Women's History Month event [pdf], include the Department of Women's Studies and the Center for Women at Emory.

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