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|Wednesday, December 04, 2013|
A Reading and Talk with Award-winning Author Stephanie Powell Watts
Stephanie Powell Watts, associate professor of English at Lehigh University, was one of ten recipients of the Whiting Writers' Award in October 2013 by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Her debut short story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need, also received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in January of 2013. We Are Taking Only What We Need has been frequently honored in the past year. O magazine named the collection as one of 2013's Best Summer Reads. It was one of two finalists for The Hemingway Foundation /PEN Award, as well as a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, the John Gardner Short Story Award, the Foreword Review Prize, USABookNews.com Best Books and was on the longlist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. It has been listed as one of the best books of 2012 by The New Yorker, The Kansas City Star, and other publications.
Watts's work chronicles the lives of young African Americans who come from, or live near, the "dark houses out on tangled dirt roads on the fringes of the county." Her stories draw on her experiences in fast food and factory jobs, and as a Jehovah's Witness minister, to explore themes of loss, faith, and hope, giving voices to communities usually unheard.
Sponsored by the Arts & Lectures Committee and the English Department, and hosted by the students in Dr. Hinnefeld's English 343Z (American Fiction after World War II) class.
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: UBC Room of the HUB
|Contact: Joyce Hinnefeld Phone: 610-861-1392|