2010 Archive Literary Festival (April 12-21, 2010)

Jonathan Safran Foer

1) Jonathan Safran Foer
Reading & Reception
Monday, April 12, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Griffith Film Theater (Bryan Center)Named one of the “25 Best Young Writers in America” by Granta Magazine, Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the best-selling novels Everything is Illuminated (which has also been adapted into a film) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Everything Is Illuminated was hailed as the “debut of the decade” and received the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize. Foer’s latest work, Eating Animals, is his first work of non-fiction. He is currently a professor in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University.

2) Padgett Powell

Reading & Reception
Thursday, April 15, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Old Chem 116
Padgett Powell, a writer of Southern fiction who believes that fiction turns “strange truths into less strange lies,” has been captivating readers with his ever-witty, ever-surprising work for more than two decades.  His first novel Edisto (1984) was nominated for the National Book Award and excerpted in The New Yorker. He received a 1986 Whiting Writers’ Award and the 1987 Rome Fellowship in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has since published six more works. Powell’s writing entertains an experimental flair — his latest book, The Interrogative Mood, is comprised entirely of questions. Powell is a writing professor at the University of Florida.


3) Dorianne Laux
Reading & Reception
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Location TBA

Dorianne Laux is a jack of many trades—sanatorium cook, gas station manager, maid, donut holer—in addition to having authored several award-winning collections of poetry. Fellow poet Tony Hoagland describes her poems as “those of a grown American woman, one who looks clearly, passionately, and affectionately at rites of passage, motherhood, the life of work, sisterhood, and especially sexual love, in a celebratory fashion.” Her most recent work, Facts about the Moon, garnered the Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Among her other awards are a Pushcart Prize, an Editor’s Choice III Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently teaching classes for the MFA program at NC State University.

*About the Archive Literary Festival
Established in 1959 by Professor William Blackburn, the Archive Literary Festival began as a series of student-run literary gatherings aimed at making literature more accessible to Duke students. Every year, the Festival brings nationally acclaimed authors to Duke University and hosts local writers and faculty members for public readings. The Festival serves as a forum for discussion and appreciation of different modalities of literary expression amongst Duke students and faculty and the local community.

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