Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Oct. 23, 2008

Author Tony Earley to Present Endowed English Reading Nov. 7 at Whitworth

Award-winning author Tony Earley is Whitworth's Endowed English Reader for 2008. Earley will read from his works on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. A book sale and reception will follow the reading. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253.

Earley is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn., where he teaches fiction workshops and a seminar on Ernest Hemingway and American fiction. He is the author of two novels, The Blue Star and Jim the Boy, as well as a short-story collection, Here We Are in Paradise: Stories, and a collection of personal essays, Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True.

The New York Times lauded Earley's most recent book, The Blue Star, as a "display of his own characteristic magic, which is a sure antidote to heavy-handedness," and called Jim the Boy "radiant, knowing, pitch-perfect;…a swift, lovely book." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True was written "in a poker-faced style that always seems on the verge of exploding into manic laughter or howls of pain."

Earley says of his work, "When one way of life goes away and another one comes in, where they collide there's a point of friction. And those are the places where stories come from."

Earley's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire and Best American Short Stories. He has been named one of the 20 best young fiction writers in America by The New Yorker and one of the best young American novelists by Granta. A North Carolina native, he received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alabama.

The English Readings Endowment was established to bring nationally recognized writers to the Whitworth campus and the greater Spokane area. During their time on campus and in the community, visiting writers offer classroom visits, workshops, meetings with students and faculty, and literary readings.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Doug Sugano, professor of English, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4212 or dsugano@whitworth.edu.

Lisa Sem-Rodrigues, program assistant, English department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3253 or lrodrigues@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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