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Award-winning Author Lydia Davis to Give Public Reading at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—Lydia Davis — the 2013 winner of the Man Booker International Prize given in recognition of her body of fiction — will give a free public reading at Ithaca College. Part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, her presentation will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. in Handwerker Gallery.

Davis is acclaimed for the humor and brevity of her short stories, many of which are only one or two sentences long and are akin to poetry. She is one of the few contemporary writers to have the distinction of appearing in both The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Poetry series.

Among Davis’ seven short-story collections are “Almost No Memory,” “Samuel Johnson is Indignant” and “Varieties of Disturbance.” She is also the author of the novel “The End of the Story” and is a renowned translator of French literary classics. In addition to her Booker prize, she has been honored with a MacArthur Fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and has been named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

Davis serves a professor of creative writing at the State University of New York at Albany and was a Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University in 2012.

For more information on the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, visit or contact Catherine Taylor, associate professor of writing, at