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Hallie Ford Literary Series: Lydia Davis

Please join us for the second event in the Fall 2013 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette. On Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel, internationally acclaimed fiction writer Lydia Davis will read from and discuss her work.
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Lydia Davis is one of the world’s most celebrated practitioners of the short story. The author of seven collections of short fiction and a novel, she was recently awarded the Man Booker International Prize, the most prestigious international award for lifetime achievement in literature after the Nobel Prize. Her work has appeared in both the Best American Short Stories and Best American Poetry anthologies, and her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the National Book Award. Also an accomplished translator of French literature, Davis recently published a new translation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

About The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, critic James Wood, wrote in The New Yorker, “[Hers is] a body of work probably unique in American writing, in its combination of lucidity, aphoristic brevity, formal originality, sly comedy, metaphysical bleakness, philosophical pressure, and human wisdom. I suspect that ‘The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis’ will in time be seen as one of the great, strange American literary contributions.”

Read five of Davis’s very short stories here: http://www.conjunctions.com/archives/c24-ld.htm

Or, listen to a podcast of novelist James Salter reading Davis’s classic story, “Break It Down,” here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2013/may/23/james-salter-lydia-davis-break-it-down