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William Kittredge

The Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, October 18, 2007 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

William Kittredge was born in Portland and attended Oregon State in the early 1950s, and earned an agriculture degree here. For many years he worked on the eastern Oregon ranch on which he was raised, before earning an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1969. He has published two short story collections, The Van Gogh Field (1969) and We Are Not in This together (1984), a memoir, Hole in the Sky (1993), and three books of essays, Owning It All (1987), Who Owns the West (1996), and The Nature of Generosity (2000). Last year, his first novel, The Willow Field was published to great acclaim. It won the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award. Gretel Erlich called it an "instant classic--a big, wild-hearted American saga." Richard Ford hailed it as a "powerful novel . . . in love with language itself, as stargazers are in love with light."

In honor of Kittredge's OSU connection, and to celebrate the university's literary legacy, there will be a small dedication ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on the afternoon of October 18. The new faculty lounge in the English Department's Moreland Hall will be named in Kittredge's honor, to complement the department's student lounge, named after Bernard Malamud. Kittredge will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., October 18, in the first floor rotunda of the Valley Library.

Further information about the Visiting Writers Series can be found at the Department of English website: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/english/

Valley Library (campus map)
Main Rotunda
201 SW Waldo Place
Jenny Bunch
1 541 737 3244
The Department of English
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