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Author Bobbie Ann Mason at LWC March 22, 2007

"She's an outstanding fiction writer who is well-known throughout the world. Our students love her, and they love her work." - MORRIS GRUBBS

By Emily Harlan, Lindsey Wilson College staff writerKentucky author Bobbie Ann Mason will read excerpts from her most recent short-story collection, Nancy Culpepper, on March 22, 2007 at Lindsey Wilson College.

Mason's reading will be at 4pm CT on Thursday, March 22, 2007 in Lindsey Wilsons W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall.


Mason's reading, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2006-07 Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affair Series.

Nancy Culpepper is Mason's latest collection of short stories featuring a Kentucky native whose search for her heritage covers everything from the Vietnam War to the death of musician John Lennon to her dissolving marriage.

During her search, protagonist Nancy Culpepper finally discovers her place in the world when she inherits the family farm.

The March 22 reading will mark the third time Mason has given a reading at Lindsey Wilson -- and she's been a hit among students and area residents each time.

"She's an outstanding fiction writer who is well-known throughout the world. Our students love her, and they love her work," Morris Grubbs said. Grubbs is Associate Professor of English at Lindsey Wilson College and is a leading expert on Kentucky authors. "Her work is very accessible for not only readers who are familiar with the landscape she discusses, but readers who enjoy fiction that makes you to think."

Mason was born in Mayfield, KY, where she grew up on a 54-acre dairy farm. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1962 from the University of Kentucky, and then moved to New York City to pursue journalism. She returned to Kentucky and is currently the writer in residence at the University of Kentucky.

Masons first collection of short stories, Shiloh and Other Stories, won the 1983 Ernest Hemingway foundation award for fiction. Since then, she has published other short-story collections, including Love Life, Midnight Magic and Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail.

Masons memoir Clear Springs: A Memoir was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2000.

"Bobbie Ann Mason is the only living Pulitzer Prize finalist we have in Kentucky," Grubbs said.

Masons short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, The New Yorker and The Paris Review.
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