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Visiting Writers Series to Feature
Award-Winning Author Kaye Gibbons

Posted November 6, 2000

HOLLAND -- The Hope College Visiting Writers Series will hosts Kaye Gibbons on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will play prior to the reading, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited. Admission is free. Gibbons is native to Nash County, N.C., and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There she wrote her debut novel, "Ellen Foster," an instant literary success and the recipient of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Gibbons has also published "A Virtuous Woman," "A Cure for Dreams," "Charms for the Easy Life," "Sights Unseen" and "On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon."

In 1997, "Ellen Foster" and "A Virtuous Woman" were both selected for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. Gibbons has also won the PEN Revson Award for the best work of fiction published by a writer under 35, the Heartland Prize for Fiction from the "Chicago Tribune," and the North Carolina Sir Walter Raleigh Award.

Among others, Eudora Welty and Walker Percy have praised her strong and poignant Southern voice. "Time" has called her writing "Graceful and spirited--as invigorating as sarsaparilla and as soothing as lemon-balm tea."

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 East 8th Street. Additional information may be obtained through the Visiting Writers Series' web site at www.hope.edu/vws or by calling (616) 395-7893.

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