Pulitzer Prize-winning author to speak at 2010 Literary Awards

April 7, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx, whose short story inspired the film "Brokeback Mountain," will be the speaker for the 79th annual Literary Awards celebration on April 22 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall.

The 8 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of English and Purdue Libraries.

Prior to Proulx's reading, Literary Awards recipients will be honored at a 5:30 p.m. banquet in Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom. The Literary Awards contest features more than 70 awards, totaling more than $10,000 in prize money, for Purdue and Indiana high school students.

Proulx also will speak at the banquet about the creative process. Tickets for the banquet are $15 for students and $25 for non-students, and can be purchased in Heavilon Hall, Room 324. Cash or personal checks are accepted, and the office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16 is the last day to buy tickets.

The ticket price includes a pre-dinner reception, banquet dinner, awards ceremony, and reserved seating for Proulx's reading in Fowler Hall. The pre-dinner reception is 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union, Anniversary Drawing Room.

Proulx is an American novelist and short-story writer. She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, "Postcards." Her second novel, "The Shipping News," won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for fiction in 1994. Her short story "Brokeback Mountain" was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source:  Donald Platt 765-494-3727, plattd@purdue.edu

Related Web sites:
Purdue Literary Awards Homepage

Note to Journalists: Journalists can shoot photographs during the first 15 minutes of her reading. Audio or video recordings are not permitted.