Friday October 6, 2006

He Won the Pulitzer

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones, who wrote The Known World, will offer a free public lecture on Oct. 23.

Edward P. Jones, author of The Known World, a novel about slavery that won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom at the University of Dayton.

The lecture is sponsored by the Lawrence A. Ruff Honors Author Program. It's free and open to the public.

Based on historical facts, The Known World tells the story of a former slave in antebellum Virginia who, upon gaining his freedom, purchases slaves to work for him.

Each year, through the Ruff Honors Author Program, first-year students read a literary work for their Honors English class and then have the opportunity to meet the author and ask questions. Honors authors in recent years have included Billy Collins, Matthew Pearl, Andre Dubus III and Kathleen Norris.

Jones, a New York Times bestselling author, has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Lannan Literary Award for The Known World. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004.

His first collection of short stories, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was short-listed for the National Book Award. He has taught fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. His most recent book, All Aunt Hagar's Children, is a collection of 14 stories, five of which have been published in The New Yorker. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Contact Anne Pici, writing program coordinator in the English department, at 937-229-3449. For a photo, contact Teri Rizvi at 937-229-3241.