HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia native Jayne Anne Phillips will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theater at Marshall University. A book signing will follow in the lobby of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.Also Thursday, Phillips will address students and the community on the craft of writing at 3:30 p.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center.Both events are free, and the public is invited.
Phillips, who grew up in Buckhannon, is the author of eight books, including most recently the National Book Award finalist "Lark and Termite." Her first story collection, "Black Tickets," was featured in Newsweek, and her first novel, "Machine Dreams," was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of 12 best books of 1984.She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She is professor of English and director of the MFA program at Rutgers University.The Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts and the West Virginia Humanities Council. For more information, call Art Stringer in the English Department at 304-696-2403.