Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Robert Olen Butler opens Ivy Hall Writers Series schedule

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SCAD has announced the lineup for the winter edition of its Ivy Hall Writers series and it looks to be a good 'un starting things off with an appearance from Robert Olen Butler, and following that up with appearances by top-notch female authors. From the press release:

Robert Olen Butler is a Pulitzer Prize author for his short story "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain,” a two time National Magazine Award in Fiction winner and has received two Pushcart Prizes. His 12th novel, "A Small Hotel," will be released this August. Butler’s stories have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, GQ, The Paris Review, The Hudson Review and The Sewanee Review. He is a Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at Florida State University. Butler will speak Jan. 26, 6:30-8 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.

Gin Phillips' first novel, "The Well and the Mine," received the Barnes & Noble Discover Award in 2009. Editions are available in the U.K., with German, Italian, Brazilian, Korean and Taiwanese editions to come. Phillips worked as freelance writer for nearly a decade. Her lecture is Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m., at Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Atlanta native, Susan Rebecca White’s debut novel “Bound South” was a Southern Independent Booksellers Association bestseller and shortlisted for the Townsend Prize in fiction. White's second novel, "A Soft Place to Land," was greeted with critical acclaim from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to Vanity Fair magazine, which listed it as "essential reading." She will be the visiting author at SCAD Atlanta in Winter 2012 and is currently working on her third novel, set in café society in New York City in the 1940's. White will speak Feb. 24, 6:30-8 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.

Alexandra Styron is the author of "Reading my Father" and "All the Finest Girls." The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal have featured Styron. She teaches memoir writing in the M.F.A. program at Hunter College. Styron’s lecture is March 7, 6:30-8 p.m., at Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave.

The lectures will be $15 and free for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid SCAD ID. Following the lecture, a book signing is available with the purchase of a book.

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