CONFEDERATE WIDOW AUTHOR ALLAN GURGANUS TO GIVE READING

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

WILMINGTON, NC – Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, will read from his works at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, in UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow.

Gurganus, a North Carolina native, is a visiting professor in the university’s Creative Writing Department where he is teaching a graduate fiction workshop in the Master of Fine Arts Program. He also served as a visiting professor at Duke and Stanford universities, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Sarah Lawrence College.

Published in 1994, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gurganus’ short fiction, featured in the O’Henry Prize Collection and Best American Short Stories, has won the National Magazine Prize. His most recent work, The Practical Heart, a group of four novellas, was published in September 2001, and he is working on his next novel The Erotic History of a Southern Baptist Church.

The UNCW Creative Writing Department is sponsoring this free, public event. For more information, call 910/962-7063.

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A photo of Gurganus is available to download from the Web at www.uncwil.edu/news/releases/february02/gurganus.html.