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Reading and Book Signing with Author Gail Godwin at Moravian College

Moravian College Arts & Lectures presents a special evening with Gail Godwin: Reading with commentary and book signing, on Monday, October 4, at 8:00 p.m. The activities will be held in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building, which is located at Locust and Monocacy streets in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Author Gail Godwin was born in 1937 in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. She attend St. Geneviere's-of-the-Pines in Asheville, Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a B.A. in Journalism in 1959. In 1988 she was made a Distinguished Alumna at Chapel Hill. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois, Vassar, and Columbia University. Her awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment grants for both fiction and libretto writing, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has been awarded honorary degrees from UNC-Asheville and UNC-Greensboro.

Godwin is the author of ten novels and two collections of fiction. Three novels, The Odd Woman, A Mother and Two Daughters, and Violet Clay were nominated for the National Book Award. A Southern Family (1987) won both the Janet Heidiger Kafka Award from the University of Rochester and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, endowed by the Lipinsky Foundation and presented by the Western Carolina Historical Association. The Good Husband was published in September 1994. Both A Southern Family and Father Melancholy's Daughter were Main Selections of the Book-of-the-Month-Club, and her last four novels were on the New York Times best-seller list.

Ms. Godwin's long-awaited tenth novel, Evensong [a sequel to Father Melancholy's Daughter] was published in early 1999 by Ballatine/Random House. Copies of Godwin's novels are currently available for purchase in the campus bookstore. For more information, call (610) 861-3916.