Best-selling writer to speak at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Best-selling fiction and nonfiction writer Dorothy Allison will read from her forthcoming novel "She Who" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall as part of the Purdue University Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Reading Series.
She will also answer questions about her work at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Stewart Center, Room 320. Both events are free and open to the public.
Allison is the author of numerous books of prose, including "Trash," "Cavedweller" and the National Book Award finalist "Bastard Out of Carolina."
She is an award-winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook - early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals. Her chapbook of poetry, "The Women Who Hate Me," was published with Long Haul Press in 1983, and her short story collection "Trash" won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.
"Bastard Out of Carolina" was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an American Library Association Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and became a best-seller and award-winning movie directed by Angelica Huston. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. "Cavedweller" also became a national best-seller, New York Times Notable book of the year, finalist for the Lillian Smith prize and an American Library Association prize winner.
Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She has taught at Davidson College and Emory University's Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and serves as a board member for the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her novel "She Who" will be published in 2012 by Penguin Putnam.
Allison's visit is sponsored by Purdue's Creative Writing Program, Department of English and College of Liberal Arts. More information is available at http://www.sycamorereview.com/reading-series/