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National Book Award-Winner Alice Mcdermott To Read At U.Va. On April 12

April 6, 2005 -- Alice McDermott, the Rea Visiting Writer in Fiction, will give a public reading at the University of Virginia on April 12 at 8 p.m. in the U.Va. Bookstore. [Note: the date was recently changed; April 12 is the corrected date.] During her visit, April 11 through 13, McDermott also will work with U.Va. graduate students in the Creative Writing Program.

Alice McDermott's 1998 novel, “Charming Billy,” won the National Book Award, but that wasn’t the first time her fiction made it to the short list. Her second novel, “That Night,” which came out in 1987, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has published five novels, including her latest in 2002, “Child of My Heart.”

McDermott received her B.A. in 1975 from the State University of New York at Oswego, and her M.A. in 1978 from the University of New Hampshire. She has taught at the University of California at San Diego and American University, and has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College and Hollins University in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in the magazines Ms., Redbook, Mademoiselle and Seventeen.

The recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, McDermott is a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She lives outside Washington, with her husband, a neuroscientist, and three children.

The Rea Visiting Writer program in U.Va.’s English department is sponsored by the Dungannon Foundation and the Henry Hoyns Fund.

Contact: Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861

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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