Sara Pritchard, Fall Thornton Writer-in-Residence, will read from her work Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall.
Pritchard (pictured at left with Elvis impersonator Frankie Dee) will read from “Help Wanted: Female,” which is the title story from a new collection of linked short stories to be published by Etruscan Press in June 2013.
Pritchard is the author of Crackpots (2003), a novel-in-stories, and Lately (2007), a linked-story collection. She won the Bakeless Prize for Fiction in 2003 for Crackpots, which went on to become a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Other literary awards include a 2008 Pushcart Prize for her story “Two Studies in Entropy,” originally published in New Letters. Her stories and essays appear in numerous literary magazines, and she teaches in the Low-Residency Creating Writing Programs at Wilkes University and West Virginia Wesleyan.
Dr. Richard H. Thornton, 1907 alumnus of University of Lynchburg, was a distinguished teacher, writer, and publisher. He became president of Henry Holt and Company publishers and established friendships with such writers as Carl Sandburg, Thomas Wolfe, and Vachel Lindsay. He was both editor and friend to Robert Frost.
Since 1975 the endowment established in his name has made it possible for us to bring some of the most exciting and successful poets, novelists, dramatists, and nonfiction writers of our time to the College. These writers have taught classes, given readings, and enriched the cultural life of the campus.
A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, call 434.544.8820.