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Joy Williams Reading & Celebration

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 4:00 PM

Graham Chapel
Graham Chapel, St. Louis, MO 63105

The Washington University Libraries and English Department are hosting legendary writer Joy Williams for a special reading and conversation. Williams’ first novel in 20 years, Harrow, will be released on September 14. The exhibition “Joy Williams: Honored Guest”, featuring materials from the Joy Williams Papers, is on display in John M. Olin Library, with a digital version coming soon.

This event is taking place in Graham Chapel, and will also be live-streamed and recorded for virtual viewing. Pre-registration, completing a self-screening, and wearing a mask at all times, are required for all in-person attendees. Doors will open at 3:30pm. Virtual attendees are encouraged to register as well to receive a reminder and link to the livestream to your inbox.

Please note that for all in-person events, attendees must adhere to Washington University’s public health requirements, including the latest events and meetings protocol. Guests will be required to show a successful self-screening result and wear a mask at all times.


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Speaker Information

Joy Williams is the author of four previous novels–including The Quick and the Dead, a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize–and four collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was elected to the Academy in 2008. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.

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