World Fantasy Award–Winning Author John Crowley to Give Reading at Bard College on November 14ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—John Crowley, the World Fantasy Award–winning author of Little, Big and the Ægypt series, will read from his fiction at Bard College on Monday, November 14. The New York Times Book Review writes, “John Crowley is an abundantly gifted writer, a scholar whose passion for history is matched by his ability to write a graceful sentence.” Crowley will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, and will be followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
John Crowley is the author of 10 novels and three collections of short fiction. His first published novels were science fiction: The Deep (1975) and Beasts (1976). Engine Summer (1977) was nominated for the American Book Award; it appears in David Pringle’s authoritative 100 Best Science Fiction Novels. Little, Big (1980) won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel; Ursula K. Le Guin described it as a book which “all by itself calls for a redefinition of fantasy.” In 1980 Crowley embarked on a multivolume novel called Ægypt–The Solitudes, Love & Sleep, Dæmonomania, and Endless Things. This series and Little, Big were cited when Crowley received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. His recent novels are The Translator, recipient of the Premio Flaianno (Italy), Lord Byron’s Novel: The Evening Land, which contains an entire imaginary novel by the poet; and Four Freedoms. He has won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Fantasy Convention.
Crowley’s short fiction is collected in three volumes: Novelty (containing the World Fantasy Award–winning novella “Great Work of Time”), Antiquities, and Novelties & Souvenirs, an omnibus volume containing almost all of his short fiction. A volume of essays and criticism, In Other Words, appeared in 2006.
Crowley has also worked in films and television and written scripts for historical documentaries, many for public television. His work has received numerous awards and has been shown at the New York Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and many others. His scripts include The World of Tomorrow (the 1939 World’s Fair), No Place to Hide (the bomb-shelter obsession), The Hindenburg (for HBO), FIT: Episodes in the History of the Body (American fitness practices and beliefs over the decades; with Laurie Block), and Becoming Helen Keller (biography, with Block). He has been a contributing editor for Harper’s magazine, and his essays and reviews have appeared in The Boston Review, Yale Review, Conjunctions, Tin House, Lapham’s Quarterly, and other venues. Crowley is senior lecturer in English and creative writing at Yale University.
For more information about this event, or to be placed on the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series e-mail list, call 845-758-7054 or e-mail [email protected].
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