Author Lydia Davis to read at UGA and hold master class in Creative Writing Program

Athens, Ga. – Award-winning author Lydia Davis will read from her work on Tuesday, May 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel.  The event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and is free and open to the public.

Lydia Davis is the author of three collections of stories, Break It Down (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Almost No Memory (FSG), and most recently, Samuel Johnson is Indignant (McSweeney’s Books), as well as one novel, The End of the Story (FSG).  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Shiny, McSweeney’s, Hambone, NOON, Conjunctions, and Harper’s, among other literary magazines, and has been translated into six languages, most recently Farsi and Norwegian.

She is also a translator of French avant-garde fiction, including the new Swann’s Way by Proust (Viking Penguin), winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize.  Her other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Chevalier from the French government, and a 2003 MacArthur Fellowship.  She lives in upstate New York and teaches at SUNY Albany and the New York State Writers Institute.

In addition to the reading, Davis will hold a master class with graduate students in the Creative Writing Program.  Earlier in the academic year, Davis was selected by the students to visit UGA and give a reading of her work.