2014-15 Writers Series

The Writers Series is designed to expose Richmond students, the greater university community, and city residents to some of today’s most celebrated writers. Their readings and the talks in the Lecture Series are free and open to the public. Most writers make themselves available, following their appearance, to answer questions from the audience and sign copies of their books.

Christine Schutt – Novelist and Short Story Writer
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
International Commons, Carole Weinstein International Center

Christine Schutt is one of America’s preeminent literary novelists, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. She is the author of three novels (FloridaAll Souls, and Prosperous Friends) and two story collections (Nightwork and A Night, A Day, Another Night, Summer), the former of which was chosen by poet John Ashbery as the best book of 1996 for the Times Literary Supplement. Her work has been broadly anthologized, including in the prestigious O. Henry and Pushcart prize collections, as well as in The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. She is a regular guest on the faculty at Columbia University and also teaches at the Nightingale-Bamford School, a private girls’ school in New York City, where she lives. For the spring semester of 2015, she is the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Richmond.

Maud Casey – Novelist and Short Story Writer
Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Jepson 118

Maud Casey is the author of three novels (The Shape of Things to Come, Genealogy, and The Man Who Walked Away) and a story collection (Drastic). Her work has been recognized with the Calvino Prize, a New York Times Notable Book selection, and international residency fellowships from Chateau de Lavigny, Fundación Valparaíso, and Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers. In addition to fiction, her reviews and essays have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Salon, and A Public Space. She teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, D.C.

Sam Lipsyte – Novelist and Short Story Writer
Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Sam Lipsyte is the author of five books, including three novels (The Subject Steve, The Ask, and Home Land) and two story collections (Venus Drive and The Fun Parts). His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Paris Review, among other places, and his books have made the “notable” lists in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Village Voice. A recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, he presently lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

Department of English Lecture Series
Evelyn Barish
Wednesday, March 18, 4:30 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Evelyn Barish, the author of The Double Life of Paul De Man, is a professor emeritus at City University of New York’s Graduate Center and its College of Staten Island, and the author of Emerson: The Roots of Prophecy, which won the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa for the year’s best work in criticism and scholarship. She has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), National Humanities Center, two Fulbright Commission fellowships, and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute.