Michael Cunningham to give free public reading

Michael Cunningham to give free public reading

For Immediate Release
Further Information: Contact Joseph Giomboni
Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5958

October 12, 2011 – Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham will read excerpts from his work during a free public event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College. Cunningham is the 2011 Visiting Writer, a program sponsored by the College’s English Department.

Cunningham received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel, “The Hours,” which was later made into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. The novel follows three women, separated by a span of nearly 80 years, who find themselves weathering similar crises, all linked by a single work of literature, “Mrs. Dalloway.”

His novel “A Home at the End of the World” was published in 1990 to wide acclaim.  Another novel, “Flesh and Blood,” followed in 1995. He has written one nonfiction book, “Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown.” He is also the author of “Specimen Days.” His latest novel, titled “By Nightfall,” was published in October 2010.

Cunningham’s work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The Atlantic Monthly,” “The Paris Review,” and other publications. His story “White Angel” was chosen for “Best American Short Stories 1989,” and another story, “Mister Brother,” appeared in the 2000 O. Henry Collection.

Michael Cunningham is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Michener Fellowship from the University of Iowa. He is currently a senior lecturer in the English department at Yale University.

The Burke Auditorium is located in the William G. McGowan School of Business onNorth River Street. A book signing follows; books will be available for purchase prior to the event at King’s/Wilkes Barnes & Noble Bookstore, S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, and at the reading. For more information, contact Jennifer Yonkoski at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5487.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham will read from his works on Nov. 2 at King’s College.

King’s College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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