MARQUETTE – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford, who wrote The Sportswriter and its sequel, Independence Day, will give a reading at Northern Michigan University. The public is invited to attend this free event, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center.

 Â Ã‚  For Independence Day, Ford received both a PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, making him the first writer to win both awards for a single work. He previously won the PEN/Faulkner citation for fiction for The Sportswriter. His work has also received the PEN/Malamud award for excellence in the short story and the Award in Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he is a member. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.

Ford is the author of six additional books and many essays. They include Rock Springs Stories, Wildlife and A Multitude of Sins. He is the general editor for the American Library edition of The Collected Works of Eudora Welty and is editor of the Granta Book of the American Short Story. Ford is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times, The Frankfurter Allgemeine-Zeitung (Germany) and La Republicca (Italy). His work has been translated into 24 languages. 

Ford was born in Jackson, Miss., in 1944. He was raised there and in Little Rock, Ark.  He attended Michigan State University, Washington University Law School, and the University of California at Irvine and has taught at a number of universities.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The reading is sponsored by the NMU Master of Fine Arts program and Passages North. It will be followed by a book signing and reception in the University Center Superior Room.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman