Sunday, May 4, 2008

Michael Cunningham appearing in Savannah

THIS POST HAS BEEN CORRECTED -- MR. CUNNINGHAM'S ORIGINAL DATE HAD TO BE CHANGED BUT HE WILL BE COMING. We are thrilled to announce that Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hours, Flesh and Blood, Specimen Days, and A Home at the End of the World) will be giving a free reading and lecture in Savannah. Mr. Cunningham's appearance is the first annual installment in the The Ashley and Terry Ursrey Memorial Lecture Series.

Like O'Connor, Cunningham earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. While best known as a novelist, Cunningham has also earned acclaim as a writer of short stories: "White Angel" was chosen for Best American Short Stories 1989, and "Mister Brother" appeared in the 2000 O. Henry collection.

Two of Mr. Cunningham's novels -- The Hours and A Home at the End of the World -- have been turned into highly-acclaimed films. Mr. Cunningham also co-authored the screenplay for Evening, starring Meryl Streep and Vanessa Redgrave.

After his talk, Mr. Cunningham will attend a brief reception and book-signing.

More details to follow.