UCSD Libraries to Host Campus Visit by Renowned Author Joyce Carol Oates Nov. 23

Award-winning novelist, poet, and author to read from her recent works

November 13, 2008 – Joyce Carol Oates, one of the nation's leading novelists, will visit the UC San Diego campus on Sunday, Nov. 23, to attend an afternoon reception where she will read from her most recent works. The event, sponsored by the UC San Diego Libraries and the Friends of the UCSD Libraries, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the UC San Diego Faculty Club.

The event is free; a limited number of seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the public are invited to attend but reservations must be made in advance.

Following the reception, a selection of the author's books will be available for purchase and Oates will be available for signing.

Oates, who has published more than 50 novels, several volumes of short stories, poetry, plays, and non-fiction, has been the nominee and recipient of dozens of awards, including the National Book Award, the PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and most recently, the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. Her early novel them (1969) won the National Book Award and three of her novels, Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000), were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent works include My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike (2008), Wild Nights: Stories about the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway (2008).

In addition to her often-noted prolificacy, Oates is known for her ability to cross genres as well as literary formats. Her vast oeuvre includes literature for children and young adults as well as gothic and horror fiction. Known by many for her nationally-acclaimed bestsellers like We Were the Mulvaneys (1996), The Gravedigger's Daughter (2007), and The Falls (2004), as well as her masterful and poignant short stories, Oates is the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities and Creative Writing at Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts.

To make a reservation for the Nov. 23 event, please call Taylor Haglund at the UC San Diego Libraries at (858) 534-1183 or UCSDLibraries@ucsd.edu. Reservations must be made by Nov. 21. Individuals who have not made advance reservations will not be admitted.

Parking is available in various parking lots west of the UC San Diego Faculty Club. Parking on the UC San Diego campus is free on Sundays.

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