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August 13th, 2009
Jayne Anne Phillips scheduled to read

Jayne Anne Phillips

STAFF REPORT

Author Jayne Anne Phillips will read from her works at the Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State and at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle. The reading at Alkek takes place at 3:30 pm on Sept 10. Her appearance at Katherine Anne Porter House will be at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Phillips most recent novel is “Lark and Termite.” The Los Angeles Times says it “is a masterpiece of sedimentary writing; layers so thin and fine you can see through them into the past or almost to the future.”

Phillips’ first book of stories, “Black Tickets,” was published in 1979 when the author was 26. The book is structured with one page fictions, inner dialogs and family dramas. “Black Tickets” was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction which is given by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. It was featured in Newsweek and garnered praise from writers Raymond Carver and Nobel Prize Winner Nadine Gordimer.

Phillips has taught at Harvard University, Williams College, Boston University, and is currently Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. She is also the Director of their MFA Program.

Phillips’ appearance is sponsored by the Therese Kayser Lindsey Reading series and the Texas State Department of English. The event is free and open to the public.

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