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Happenings: Louise Erdrich Reading

Louise Erdrich to share many voices, many stories at Wittliff Collections

photo of Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich

By A.J. Ortega

Louise Erdrich comes from many worlds and can be identified as many things. She is the daughter of a Chippewa Indian and German American, a businesswoman, a mother, a poet and a New York Times bestselling writer. But, ultimately, she is a storyteller. She has a voice.

Erdich will share her voice with the Texas State community through a reading and book signing on Thursday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the Wittliff Collections. She also will read at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle on Friday, April 6. Both events are free and open to the public. Continue reading

Alumni: Scott Blackwood

Scott Blackwood wins Whiting
Writers’ Award for debut novel

By Billi London-Gray

photo of author Scott Blackwood

Scott Blackwood

Texas State University alumnus Scott Blackwood is a writer on the rise. Yesterday, Oct. 25, he received a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award, one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for young writers, at a ceremony in New York City.

These $50,000 awards, given since 1985, annually recognize 10 emerging writers “based on accomplishment and promise,” according to the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the organization that funds the awards in addition to supporting other work in the humanities.

The award follows the publication of Blackwood’s debut novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here, which also won the AWP Prize for the Novel, the Texas Institute of Letters Award for best fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award for fiction. Continue reading