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DeLillo to read, discuss his work, Oct. 16

Novelist, playwright and essayist Don DeLillo will read and talk about his work at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in McCosh 50.

The author of a dozen books, including "Libra," "Mao II," "Underworld," "White Noise" and "Body Artist," DeLillo is the recipient of an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Prize as well as PEN/Faulkner and National Book awards. In 1997 he won the Jerusalem Prize, awarded to an author whose work explores the role of individuals in society.

DeLillo has said that he became a writer "by living in New York and seeing and hearing and feeling all the great, amazing and dangerous things the city endlessly assembles." Later he spent three years living in Greece and traveling through the Middle East and India, gaining new perspective on America and learning "how to see and hear all over again  more clearly than I could in more familiar places."

DeLillo does not belong to the school of writing he describes as "around-the-house-and-in-the-yard." Rather, he prefers fiction "that is steeped in history, that takes account of ways in which our perceptions are being changed by events around us - global events that may alter how we live in the smallest ways." In his works, often-endearing characters - baseball fans, teachers, families - evolve against a backdrop of terrorism, assassination and "airborne toxic events."

As a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, DeLillo joins a distinguished roster of eminent writers and artists, including Merce Cunningham, Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Miller, Richard Serra and Maurice Sendak, who have come to Princeton through a program created in memory of Chauncey Belknap of the class of 1912.

The public lecture is being presented by the Humanities Council . Entrance to McCosh 50 will begin at 4:30 p.m. for holders of Princeton University ID cards. General admission will take place at 4:45 p.m. The talk will be simulcast in McCosh 10, 28, 62, 64 and 66.

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

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