We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 13th annual Villanova Literary Festival, which will include a distinguished group of fiction writers and poets. The festival will begin on Tuesday, February 17th, with a reading by Monique Truong. Truong’s second novel, Bitter in the Mouth, was recently released by Random House. Her first novel, The Book of Salt, was a New York Times Notable Book.
On February 17th Terrance Hayes will be reading his poetry. His most recent book, Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), has been short-listed for the 2010 National Book Award.
On March 10th, novelist Colum McCann comes to the festival. McCann is the author of Let the Great World Spin, which won the 2009 National Book Award for fiction. His is also the bestselling author of the novels Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections.
On March 24th, poet Eleanor Wilner will read from her work. Wilner has published six collections of poems, most recently The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (Copper Canyon, 2004).
The Festival will conclude on April 12th with a reading by fiction writer John Haskell, who is the author of Out of My Skin, American Purgatorio, and the short-story collection I Am Not Jackson Pollock. Haskell is also a contributor to the radio program The Next Big Thing.
For further information, you can visit the Literary Festival Website at http://www.villanova.edu/artsci/english/news/festival.htm.