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Prize-winning novelist to read from his work, Oct. 23

Novelist John Edgar Wideman will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. He will be introduced by Joyce Carol Oates, the Roger Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities.

A prolific author, Wideman has written some 20 works of fiction and nonfiction. He is the first writer to win the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, in 1984 for "Sent for You Yesterday" and in 1991 for "Philadelphia Fire." His nonfiction book "Brothers and Keepers" received a National Book Critics Circle nomination, and his memoir "Fatheralong" was a finalist for the National Book Award. His 1996 book "The Cattle Killing" won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction.

Wideman's writing also has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Harper's Magazine and Esquire. He has received the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year for "Weight" (2000), the Rea Prize for short fiction (1998) and a MacArthur Fellowship (1993-98). In 2001, he was appointed a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he has taught in the English department since 1986.

The event is part of the Program in Creative Writing's Althea Ward Clark Reading Series .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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