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'Virgin Suicides' Author to Give Reading at Ithaca College

  ITHACA, NY — Pulitzer—Prize Winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides will give a free public reading at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Sept. 7. His presentation, part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

Eugenides published his first novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” to critical acclaim in 1993. It has subsequently been translated into 34 languages and was made into a feature film directed by Sofia Coppola. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003 for “Middlesex,” a saga of family history and gender identity that drew upon his own Greek heritage.

Currently a professor of creative writing at Princeton University, Eugenides has had his fiction published in “The New Yorker,” “Paris Review,” “Yale Review,” “Best American Short Stories,” “Gettysburg Review,” and Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists.” His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers’ Award and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In addition to his public reading, during his visit Eugenides will contribute to teaching a one-credit master class for Ithaca College writing students. For more information contact Jack Wang, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-3493 or wang@ithaca.edu.



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