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Award-winning fiction writer Lorrie Moore to read at UW-Eau Claire March 7

February 20, 2012
 Lorrie Moore
Lorrie Moore
EAU CLAIRE — Award-winning fiction writer Lorrie Moore will read at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Moore will read from her recent work, and books will be available for purchase. The reading is free and open to the public.

Moore is the author of three short-story collections — "Self Help" (Knopf, 1985), "Like Life" (Knopf, 1990), and "Birds of America" (Knopf, 1998) — as well as three novels —"Anagrams" (Knopf, 1986), "Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?" (Knopf, 1994), and "A Gate at the Stairs" (Knopf, 2009), which was named a 2010 finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Moore is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the REA Award for the Short Story. She also has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times and the Paris Review, among others.

Born in Glens Falls, N.Y., in 1957, Moore graduated from St. Lawrence University before earning a master of fine arts degree from Cornell University. She is the Delmore Schwartz professor in the humanities at UW-Madison, though she also has taught at Cornell University, Baruch College and the University of Michigan. In 2004, the REA selection committee praised Moore's work for its "unfailing intelligence, an almost miraculous wit, and remarkable depth of feeling." Writer Jonathan Lethem concurred, deeming Moore "the most irresistible contemporary writer in America."

This event is sponsored by the Blugold Visiting Writer Series, a program funded by UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Commitment. In 2010 the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate and the UW System Board of Regents supported increasing the amount of differential tuition UW-Eau Claire students pay, with the new dollars going to fund Blugold Commitment initiatives to maintain and enhance high-impact learning experiences for students.

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