Writer Andrea Barrett, U.Va.'S Rea Visiting Writer, To
Speak At University Bookstore March 2 And 4
25, 1999 -- National Book Award-winning writer Andrea
Barrett will be at the University of Virginia the week of March
1 as the Rea Visiting Writer in Fiction. Barrett will give an informal
talk on the craft of historical fiction -- "The Secrets of the Angel
of History" -- on March 2. She will read from her latest novel,
"The Voyage of the Narwhal," on March 4. Both events will take place
in the U.Va. Bookstore at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
new novel, published last year by W.W. Norton, is set in the 1850s
and follows the Narwhal, a ship on a mission to rescue or recover
the remains of the lost crew of Sir John Franklin's legendary arctic
expedition. It is "one of the best novels of the decade," according
to Kirkus Reviews, which also notes that Barrett's continuing growth
as a writer "may well be one of the most interesting literary developments
of the '90s."
born in 1965, received the National Book Award in 1996 for "Ship
Fever, and Other Stories." Her other works include "The Forms of
Water" (Pocket Books, 1993); "The Middle Kingdom" (Pocket Books,
1991); "Secret Harmonies" (Delacorte, 1989); and "Lucid Stars" (Dell,
Rea Visiting Writer program in U.Va.'s English department is sponsored
by the Dungannon Foundation and the Henry Hoyns Fund. During their
visits, Rea visiting writers work with students in the department's
Creative Writing Program.
more information about Barrett's visit, call Lisa Russ Spaar, director
of U.Va.'s Creative Writing Program, at (804) 924-6675. Television
reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
Rebecca Arrington, (804) 924-7189.