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Ondaatje, Smith to read from their work, Nov. 9

Novelist, poet, playwright and literary critic Michael Ondaatje and poet Tracy Smith will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Ondaatje won the Booker Prize, England's highest honor for fiction, in 1992 for "The English Patient," which was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. His other works include four collections of poetry and several novels. He has taught for many years at York University in Toronto.

Smith is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a visiting faculty member in Princeton's Creative Writing Program this year. Her book, "The Body's Question," was awarded the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and published in 2003 by Graywolf Press. She is the recipient of a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, a fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals.

Ondaatje will be introduced by Professor Edmund White, and Smith will be introduced by Professor Yusef Komunyakaa.

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

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