Author Alice Mcdermott To Speak At U.Va.
February 14, 2003--
Alice McDermott, author of “Charming Billy,”
which won the National Book Award in 1998, will give a reading and
a talk at the University of Virginia in late February.
Billy,” a novel that explores the decline and loss of a beloved
but alcoholic family member, was described by Thomas Mallon, chairman
of the judging panel, as having “a voice like nothing we could
recall...It found us. It was what we kept hearing.”
Wednesday, Feb. 26, McDermott will discuss the Catholic novel in
a talk co-sponsored by the U.Va. department of religious studies
and the St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought. She will speak
in Ruffner Hall at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27, she will give a fiction reading at the U.Va.
Bookstore at 6:30 p.m.
programs are free and open to the public.
her four slim novels, McDermott has earned two Pulitzer nominations
and a National Book Award. She has drawn heavily on her background
growing up Irish-American on Long Island to create compelling family
portraits. Currently a resident of Bethesda, Md., McDermott was
born in 1953 in Brooklyn.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858