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William Gay to read at APSU

Author William Gay
Author William Gay

Austin Peay State University LogoAward-winning novelist and short story writer William Gay will give a public reading of his work at Austin Peay State University on July 14. Gay will read from his work at 7 p.m., July 14 in Room 303 of the APSU Morgan University Center. This reading is free and open to the public.

Gay, a Tennessee native, emerged upon the literary scene later in life, not publishing his first novel, “The Long Home,” until after he was 40. Critics and readers, however, were quick to notice his talent, placing him among such luminaries as William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy.

Gay has been described as a master of the “southern gothic” novel with his stories focusing on rural characters and locales, and he’s earned numerous accolades to accompany this praise.

He was awarded the 1999 William Peden Award, the 2000 James A. Michener Memorial Prize, a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2007 Ford Foundation U.S. Artist grant.

Gay is the author of three novels, “The Long Home,” “Provinces of Night” and “Twilight,” and the short story collections, “I Hate to See that Evening Sun Go Down” and “Wittgenstein’s Lolita.” A fourth novel, “The Lost Country,” is due out sometime this year. His short stories have also appeared in numerous magazines, such as Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, GQ and New Stories from the South 1999 and 2000.

For more information, please contact Susan Wallace with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 221-7031.


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