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April 14, 1999
CONTACT: Robin Rooks
Library Development Office
(410) 516-8327

National Book Award Recipient Reads at Hopkins

Alice McDermott, the 1999 National Book Award winner will give a reading and discuss her novel Charming Billy at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 25 in the Schafler Auditorium of the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries

Last November, Alice McDermott, a visiting professor in the Writing Seminar at Johns Hopkins, walked away with the National Book Award for fiction, defeating Tom Wolfe and three other contenders. McDermott won the award for her fourth novel, Charming Billy, the story of love, loss, and redemption of an Irish Catholic man and his family living in Queens, New York. McDermott has written three other highly-praised novels, A Bigamist's Daughter (1982); That Night (1987) which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes (1992) which also was a Pulitzer finalist.

A reception and book signing with McDermott will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP encouraged, (410) 516-8327.

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