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River City Writers Series Will Welcome Lee Abbott Oct. 30-31

For release: October 15, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

Lee K. Abbott
Lee K. Abbott

The River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis will welcome short story author Lee K. Abbott for two events Oct. 30 and 31. Abbott will read from his work Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in the University Center, Room 300 (River Room). A book signing will follow. He will hold an interview with students Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456. Both events are free and open to the public.

Abbott is the author of seven volumes of short fiction, including Dreams of Distant Lives, Strangers in Paradise, Love is the Crooked Thing, The Heart Never Fits Its Wanting, Living After Midnight, and Wet Places at Noon. He is a Humanities Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University.

Abbott has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. His fiction has been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories and The Prize Stories: The O’Henry Awards. His latest collection is All Things, All at Once.

The River City Writers Series is sponsored by Student Event Allocation, the Department of English, the Creative Writing Club, Sigma Tau Delta and The Hohenberg Foundation.

RCWS is one of the longest running reading series in the nation, serving the U of M and the Mid-South since 1977.

Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

For more information, email creativewriting@memphis.edu or holladay@memphis.edu, or call 901-678-2651.

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