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February 14, 1997

Russell Banks to speak at Literary Awards Banquet

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Native American writer Russell Banks will be the featured speaker April 9 at the 66th annual Literary Awards Banquet at Purdue University.

The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. April 9 in the East and West Faculty Lounges in the Purdue Memorial Union. The event is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased at the English department office in Heavilon Hall for $10.50 for students and $15.50 for others.

Banks is the author of 11 novels and collections of stories including "Rule of the Bone," "Trailer Park" and "Continental Drift."

In addition to speaking at the banquet, Banks will give a reading of his work at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in the East Faculty Lounge. That session will be free and open to the public.

The awards banquet recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who compete for cash awards and bookstore gift certificate prizes in categories ranging from creative writing (including poetry, short story, drama, screenplay, novel-in-progress and science fiction) to expository prose (including African, African-American or black literature, business writing, ethnographic essay, foreign language, literature, journalism, literary criticism, medieval studies, rhetoric and composition, and technical writing).

Four new prizes have been added this year. They are the Walter Johnson Award for best English-as-a-second-language essay by a graduate student, the Little Professor Book Center Award for best short story, the Martha McKinney Award in poetry and the Teacher's Delight Award in children's literature.

Kneale awards will be presented for the best undergraduate essays in the following categories: Bible as literature, cultural criticism, economics, film criticism, government, history, informal essay, journalism, literary criticism, philosophy, science, Shakespeare, Third-World literature, women's studies, and the best of three papers originally written for English 101 or 103.

Authors who wish to submit their writing for the competition should pick up a green form from one of the posters around campus. Forms also are available at the English office at 324 Heavilon Hall and in the Chauncey Hill Mall at University Bookstore, Copymat, Folletts and Von's. Entries should be submitted by 5 p.m. March 19 to: Literary Awards Contest, Department of English, 324 Heavilon Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. 47907.

For more information, contact Michael Quinn in the Department of English, (765) 494-3744.


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