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Deborah Willis

February 13, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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The twentieth-year anniversary season of the New Writing Series continues with a public reading by Canadian fiction writer Deborah Willis on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Deborah Willis’s first collection of short fiction, Vanishing and Other Stories, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2009, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, and was praised by Alice Munro: “The emotional range and depth of these stories, their clarity and deftness, is astonishing.” Her second collection, The Dark and Other Love Stories, was long-listed for the 2017 Giller Prize, won the Georges Bugnet Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail, the CBC, NPR, and Chatelaine Magazine. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Walrus, The Virginia Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Lucky Peach, The Wall Street Journal, and Zoetrope.

The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE Space (Stewart Commons 104). Hollie Adams will introduce and host the Q&A to follow.


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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the Center for Poetry and Poetics (formerly the National Poetry Foundation), with support from the Eaton Family New Writing Series Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the Fernald APPE space.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact the office of Student Accessibility Services, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

The authors who appear in the NWS write for adult audiences and make use of a wide spectrum of language and subject matter. We are happy to advise parents and secondary school teachers about the suitability of specific events for their children or students. Just contact Series coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3822 a few days in advance.

New Writing Series events are videotaped, photographed, and audio recorded for archival and educational purposes.

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February 13, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Stewart Commons 104
Orono, Maine 04469
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