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Author Allan Gurganus To Read At U.Va.

November 28, 2005 -- Allan Gurganus, a novelist and short story writer who has been called “the worthy heir to Faulkner and Welty,” will visit the University of Virginia and read from his work on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. in the U.Va. Bookstore.

Gurganus is the author of the “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. “White People,” his collection of stories and novellas set in the fictitious Falls, N.C. was a Pen-Faulkner finalist and was awarded the Lost Angeles Times Book Prize. His novel, “Plays Well With Others,” was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award.

Born in Rocky Mount, N.C. in 1947, Gurganus was trained as a painter. His oils and watercolors are part of many public and private collections, including the North Carolina Museum of Art. He also has illustrated his works of fiction.

Gurganus has taught writing and literature at Stanford, Duke, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Sarah Lawrence College. His short fiction has been published in the O’Henry Prize Collection, Best American Stories and The Norton Anthology of American Literature. He was recently inducted into the fellowship of Southern Writers and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Rea Visiting Writers program of the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English is sponsored by the Dungannon Foundation and Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, in memory of her husband, the late Michael Rea. During his weeklong visit, Gurganus will work with graduate students in the Creative Writing Program.

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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