Author Tom Wolfe will give a talk at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 21, in Shriver Hall at the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, in celebration of the group's 70th anniversary.
Wolfe, author of numerous best sellers, including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full and, most recently, Hooking Up, will be awarded the Johns Hopkins University's President's Medal.
Wolfe was born and raised in Richmond, Va. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee (B.A., 1951) and Yale (Ph.D., American Studies, 1957) universities. In December 1956, he took a job as a reporter on the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union. This was the beginning of a 10- year newspaper career, most of it as a general assignment reporter. While a daily reporter for the Herald Tribune, he completed his first book, a collection of articles about the flamboyant 1960s, written for New York and Esquire and published in 1965 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux as The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. The book became a bestseller and established Wolfe as a leading figure in the literary experiments in nonfiction that became known as the New Journalism.
Currently, Wolfe is at work on another novel, this one about college life, due for publication this fall. Last October, he published a collection of fiction and non- fiction concerning the turn of the new century, entitled Hooking Up.
Wolfe's appearance celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries. Since its first meeting, held in Gilman Hall on March 16, 1931, the organization has been dedicated to stimulating support for the university's libraries. Through lectures and programs and support for acquisitions, technology and access to rare and unique collections, the Friends play a vital role in assuring that Johns Hopkins advances and preserves "the great library" that the university's first president Daniel Coit Gilman believed was always at the heart of "a strong university."
The event is free. Call 410-516-6732 for tickets.
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