Hillsdale College Welcomes Award-Winning Writer Joy Williams

English department hosts novelist and short story writer for two-day Visiting Writers series

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Joy WilliamsOn Monday, September 25, and Tuesday, September 26, Hillsdale College will host author Joy Williams as part of its annual Visiting Writers Series presented by the English Department. Her lecture is titled, “Why I Write.” Williams is the author of many works, including novels The Quick and the Dead and State of Grace and short story collections The Visiting Privilege and Ninety-Nine Stories of God. Williams will present both a reading from her work and a public lecture.

The event is free and open to the public. Media should RSVP to Emily Davis at [email protected].


Monday, September 25, 2017
8 p.m. EDT – Reading
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8 p.m. EDT – Lecture


Dow Conference Center – Rooms A & B
22 East Galloway Drive
Hillsdale, MI 49242


Joy Williams is author of four novels – State of Grace, The Changeling, Breaking and Entering and The Quick and the Dead, – and five short story collections – Taking Care, Escapes, Honored Guest, The Visiting Privilege and Ninety-Nine Stories of God. She has also written a collection of essays titled Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals. Williams is a recipient of the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award for the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Additionally, she was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts
an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 4.5 million. For more information, visit hillsdale.edu.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Emily Stack Davis
517-607-2726 (work)
517-803-3745 (cell)
[email protected]