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By Sally Harris
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 11 - November 5, 1998
Kaye Gibbons, award-winning Southern novelist, will give a public lecture on "Novel Writing and Southern Dialects" in Squires Haymarket Theatre Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Gibbons also will hold an informal discussion with students and faculty members on novel writing Monday, 9-10:30 a.m., in the Hillcrest living room. Both events are free and open to the pubic.
Gibbons has written six novels, which focus on the issues of women--often women in very difficult situations--who find inner strength to deal with their circumstances. Novelist Walker Percy described the books as "lovely, breathtaking, sometimes heart-wrenching." The New York Times Book Review called Ellen Foster "haunting and beautiful."
Ellen Foster was produced for television by the Hallmark Hall of Fame. The book received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. It was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club list, as was Gibbons's second novel, A Virtuous Woman. Gibbons's latest novel is On the Occasion of my Last Afternoon.
Gibbons' visit is sponsored by the Provost's Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Program, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Commonwealth Humanities Endowment, the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian Studies, Creative Writing/the Department of English, and Women's Studies.