Acclaimed author Elizabeth Spencer will hold a reading at Meredith College on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
Spencer has been an important force in Southern literature since her first novel, Fire in the Morning, was published in 1948. Since that time, she has published eight other novels, including the well-known Light in the Piazza (1960), which was adapted for film in 1962 and won six Tony Awards as a Broadway play in 2005.
Spencer has also published several short story collections and a memoir, Landscapes of the Heart (1998). Alongside her prolific writing career, Spencer spent many years teaching English and writing, finishing her teaching career as a visiting professor of creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi institute of Arts and Letters. Her latest short story collection, Starting Over, was published in January 2014, and is described by Spencer as “a group of nine recent stories [. . . ] dealing with family and other relationships.”
Spencer lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., and enjoys the “friendship of various wonderfully talented writers in this community.”
The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Meredith College Department of English and made possible with funds from the Mary Lynch Johnson Chair.