Author Lydia Davis to Read from Her Works of Fiction

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 3, 2015—Williams College will host author Lydia Davis, who will read from her works of fiction. This event will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Griffin Hall, room 3. It is free and open to the public.

Davis is an American writer noted for her short stories. She has published six collections, including The Thirteenth Woman and Other Stories (1976) and Break It Down (1986), a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her most recent collection, Varieties of Disturbance, was published in 2007 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2009, The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis was published, containing all of her work up to 2008. Davis has also produced several new translations of French literary classics, including Proust’s Swann’s Way and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

Davis has received multiple fellowships and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. She was a Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University in 2012. Currently, she is a professor of creative writing at the University at Albany, SUNY.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English.


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