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October 19th, 2010
Award-winning author Proulx to read at Katherine Anne Porter House

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Annie Proulx will be at the Katherine Anne Porter House on Oct. 22.

STAFF REPORT

The Katherine Anne Porter House, 508 Center Street in Kyle, will host a reading by award-winning author Annie Proulx on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Proulx’s first novel, Postcards, was a stark depiction of the decline of the small farm and won the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has subsequently won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Shipping News. Other Proulx novels include Acccordian Crimes and That Old Ace in the Hole.

Proulx has also published several books of short stories including Close Range: Wyoming Stories, Heart Songs, Bad Dirt and Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3.

Two of her works have been turned into films. The Shipping News was made into a film starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. The film was released in 2001. The film “Brokeback Mountain” is based on a Proulx short story of the same name, which first appeared 1997 in The New Yorker. The film, directed by Ang Lee and starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, was released in 2005 to some controversy, but has subsequently been honored with many awards.

Proulx short stories have appeared in several editions of O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories.

The event is co-sponsored by the Therese Kayser Lindsey Reading Series and the Texas State University Department of English.

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