McKinney Awards and Reading


McKinney Awards and Reading


April 7, 2009 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Peter Carey, the author of outrageous and imaginative historical fiction and--according to many--Australia's finest fiction writer, has accepted an invitation to be speaker for this year's McKinney ceremony. Inviting comparisons to the work of Kurt Vonnegut and Evelyn Waugh, Carey has won numerous major awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize twice for The True History of the Kelly Gang (2002) and Oscar and Lucinda (1988). The latter book was adapted for a major film. His newest novel is His Illegal Self.

The McKinney ceremony will start at 8:00 p.m. in DCC 308 on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Mr. Carey will present writing prizes to McKinney winners, read from his work, and respond to questions. After the ceremony, he will sign books. The reading is free and open to the public. The readings of E. L. Doctorow, Edward P. Jones, and Russell Banks attracted about 500 people in the past three years, and we hope to make Mr. Carey similarly welcome. Please note this on your calendar now, and join us.

Mr. Carey will also answer questions from 4-5:00 p.m. at the Heffner Alumni House on April 7.

If you are a faculty member, please remind your undergraduate and graduate students that the McKinney Writing Contest is open until March 17. Information about prizes, categories, and submission can be found at the following Students from every school won prizes last year, and some were very pleased that faculty from their departments and schools were there to applaud and support them.

A list of the award winners can be found on the McKinney site.

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