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MFA Reading Series Presents Joy Williams

By: Sherry Squires   Published 11:49 am / October 26, 2011

The MFA Reading Series will present author Joy Williams at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Student Union Lookout Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Williams is the acclaimed author of four novels, two collections of short stories and a collection of essays. Her first novel, “State of Grace” [1973], was a National Book Award nominee and brought Williams much popular and critical attention. She followed with three more novels: “The Changeling” [1978], “Breaking and Entering” [1988] and “The Quick and the Dead” [2000]. Her most recent work is a collection of essays, “Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals.”

Many of Williams’ short stories and essays have appeared in the Best American collections and anthologies, and a short story published in Antaeus won a National Magazine Award. She also is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

The MFA Reading Series brings nationally renowned authors to the Boise State campus. For more information, contact MFA Reading Series coordinator Torin Jensen at