Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist Jane Smiley to Speak about “The Writing Process”

Teaneck, NJ – On Thursday, April 23, 2015, celebrated novelist Jane Smiley will be the featured presenter at Fairleigh Dickinson University bi-annual Gene Barnett Speaker Series, offering insight and tips on the writing process.

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Smiley is the author of 14 novels including A Thousand Acres (1991), modeled on Shakespeare’s King Lear, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992 and later adapted into a film. Her most recent novel, Some Luck (2014), the first entry in a planned trilogy about the history of a farming family, the Langdons, was long listed for the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction. Smiley has also published five young adult novels and two collections of short stories.

Among Smiley’s many nonfiction works are a biography of Charles Dickens (2002), “A Year at the Races” (2004), a memoir of her experiences as a racehorse owner, and “Thirteen ways of Looking at the Novel” (2005). Smiley has also authored a variety of essays in a wide range of magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper’s and The Nation.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, Smiley received a B.A. in literature at Vassar College and a M.A., M.F.A. and PhD at Iowa University. From 1981-1996, she was a professor of English at Iowa State University.

The lecture will be Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, on the Hackensack side of the campus. Copies of Smiley’s books will be sale and signing after the Q & A session.

The evening is open to the general public with tickets at $10 per person. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 p.m. on the night of the lecture. The cost is free to faculty, staff and students with valid FDU IDs. There are no advanced ticket sales or reserved seating. If there are groups of 10 or more call (201) 692-7032 and group seating will be arranged. For additional information, call (201) 692-7028.

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