News Release — February 5, 2002
Ransom Center, Michener Center to Host
Booker Winner Penelope Lively
The Ransom Center, in collaboration with the James A. Michener Center for Writers, is honored to welcome award-winning author Penelope Lively. Lively, whose archive at the Ransom Center contains manuscripts from almost all her published works along with her correspondence, will visit Austin and the Ransom Center from February 28 to March 2.
Penelope Lively's wide-ranging career has spanned three decades thus far, and includes twelve novels, three collections of short stories, three books of non-fiction (including the recent memoir A House Unlocked), as well as thirty children's books, and numerous introductions, articles, and reviews. She is the recipient of three Booker Award nominations, one Booker Award, the Arts Council National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal, and the Whitbread Award, among many others. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Lively moved to England at the age of twelve in 1945, and eventually studied Modern History at St. Anne's College, Oxford.
On Thursday evening, February 28, at 7:30, Penelope Lively will give a public reading, co-sponsored by the Michener Center at the Avaya Auditorium in the ACES Building 2.304. The new ACES Building is on the Southeast corner of 24th Street and Speedway. The public UT Parking Garage #1 is approximately two blocks east on San Jacinto. For more information call 512.471.8944.
Considered one of the worlds finest cultural archives, the Ransom Center houses 30 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and over 100,000 works of art. Highlights include the Gutenberg Bible (c. 1450), the worlds first photograph (c. 1826), important paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and major manuscript collections of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Tennessee Williams to name but a few. The Center is used extensively for research by scholars from around the world and presents numerous exhibitions and events each year showcasing its collections. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.