For release: April 5, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis will welcome Elizabeth
Spencer for two events on Wednesday, April 14. She will conduct an interview at 10:30
a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456, and she will read from her work at 6 p.m. in the
Mitchell Hall Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.
A native of Carroll County, Miss., Spencer is the author of a dozen works of fiction,
including The Night Travelers, The Light in the Piazza, Jack of Diamonds, and The Southern Woman: New and Selected Fiction. Her memoir is called Landscapes of the Heart.
Spencer is the recipient of five O. Henry Awards and was awarded the 2001 Cleanth
Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is
a founding member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Letters.
The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the Student Events Allocation Committee,
Public Service Funds, the Department of English, the Hohenberg Foundation, the Creative
Writing Club and Richard Bausch, holder of the Moss Chair of Excellence.
For more information, call 901-678-4692.