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Writing influences focus of Ford talk, April 18

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford will discuss the forces that turn writers to their vocation in a lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in McCosh 50. His talk is titled "Extra-Literary Influences: The Things That Help, the Things That Hurt."

In 1996, Ford's "Independence Day" became the first novel to be awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. His latest novel, "The Lay of the Land," continues the life story of Frank Bascombe, the protagonist in "Independence Day" and his earlier novel, "The Sportswriter." "The Lay of the Land" chronicles Bascombe's understanding of himself and the unanticipated complexities of life at late middle age.

Ford's other works include the novels "A Piece of My Heart," "The Ultimate Good Luck" and "Wildlife" as well as the short story collections "Rock Springs," "Women With Men" and "A Multitude of Sins." He has taught at Princeton, the University of Michigan and Williams College.

His talk, designated as a Spencer Trask Lecture, is part of the University Public Lectures Series.

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