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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.

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