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Award-Winning 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.

“Charming 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.”

On 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.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, she will give a fiction reading at the U.Va. Bookstore at 6:30 p.m.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

For 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.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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