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Spring 2002 Newsletter

Award-Winning Author Penelope Lively To Visit

Penelope Lively, 1999. © Ellen Warner Photographer.

Penelope Lively, 1999.
© Ellen Warner Photographer.

"I'm writing a history of the world… The whole triumphant murderous unstoppable chute—from the mud to the stars, universal and particular, your story and mine. I'm equipped, I consider; eclecticism has always been my hallmark." So says the aging Claudia Hampton in Penelope Lively's Booker Award-winning novel, Moon Tiger. But the same may be said of Lively herself, whose 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, 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.

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. On Thursday evening, February 28, at 7:30, she will give a public reading, co-sponsored by the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the Avaya Auditorium in the A.C.E.S. 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.  

Margaret J. Barker
Special Assistant to the Director

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