Events & Exhibits - Spring 2008

Mary Gordon to Receive Distinguished Author Award

Mary Gordon, author of novels, short stories and non-fiction will be honored on May 3, 2008, with the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award at 5:00 p.m. in Mary Gordon, 2008 Distinguished Authorthe Ballroom of the DeNaples Campus Center. She is the McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard College.

Her works of fiction include the novels Final Payments (1978), The Company of Women (1981), Men and Angels (1985), The Other Side (1989), Spending (1998) and Pearl (2005). The Stories of Mary Gordon, published in 2006, includes short fiction written over a thirty year period. Twenty-two of the stories are new or unpublished and nineteen appeared in the 1987 collection Temporary Shelter. This collection won the $20,000 third annual Story Prize in 2007. She is also the author of The Rest of Life: Three Novellas (1994). Contemporary Authors lists among her other awards an O.Henry Award for best short story in 1997 for "City Life" published in Ploughshares magazine, a Guggenheim fellowship and the Lila Acheson Wallace/Reader's Digest Writer's Award. Circling My Mother
 
Her non-fiction memoirs include The Shadow Man: A Daughter's Search for Her Father (1996), Seeing through Places: Reflections on Geography and Identity (2000) and Circling My Mother: A Memoir (2007). Essays are collected in Good Boys and Dead Girls and Other Essays (1991). Ms. Gordon's biography of Joan of Arc was published in 2000.
 
Reviews of Mary Gordon's work extol her deft use of language in treating complex emotional, intellectual, religious and ethical themes.
 
To reserve seat(s) for this event, you may fill out a form online http://academic.scranton.edu/department/wml/dauthorform.html or call Kym Fetsko at 570 941-7816 or email fetskok2@scranton.edu. In addition to the reception, the day's events include a Book Signing at the University of Scranton Bookstore.

                                                                              Bonnie Strohl