Annual McKinney Contest -- Peter Carey, Guest Speaker

Annual McKinney Contest -- Peter Carey, Guest Speaker

Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308); Heffner Alumni House (1301 Peoples Avenue)

http://www.llc.rpi.edu/web/mckinney/

Peter Carey, the speaker for this year's McKinney ceremony, will present prizes to McKinney winners, read from his work, and respond to questions starting at 8:00 p.m. in Darrin Communications Center on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Mr. Carey will also hold a question-and-answer seminar at 4:00 p.m. in the RPI Heffner Alumni House earlier on the same day.

The McKinney Contest is Rensselaer's writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about the contest, please visit the website listed below.


Peter Carey has been called "Australia's finest fiction writer." Over a career spanning twelve novels that have invited comparisons to the work of Kurt Vonnegut and Evelyn Waugh, Carey has received numerous major awards, including the Booker Prize (twice) and the Commonwealth Prize (twice). His newest novel is His Illegal Self (2008). Set in the 1970s, it follows the adventures of seven-year-old Che Selkirk, the child of on-the-run Weather Underground-style hippies, who is whisked away from his Manhattan grandmother to live in the Australian outback. The Boston Globe called it "Magnificent... a novel of narrative complexity and blindingly direct emotion." Carey's other recent works include the novels Theft: A Love Story (2006), The True History of the Kelly Gang (2002), and Oscar and Lucinda (1988).
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