T.C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author of 24 books of fiction, will present an author talk, reading and book signing, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, at Christopher Newport University’s David Student Union. His appearance is free to the public, but tickets are required. A distinguished professor of English at the University of Southern California, Boyle’s works have won numerous awards, appeared in most major American magazines, and been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages.
Free tickets for the author talk, question-and-answer session and book signing are available beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the sponsoring libraries of the Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium, which consists of the public libraries of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County and the academic libraries of Christopher Newport University, Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College. Tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to two per person while supplies last. Open seating at the event, to be held in the Grand Ballroom of the David Student Union, is limited, and attendees are advised to arrive early. Ticket holders will be seated first. Any remaining seats will then be open to the general public.
The Boyle event is the eighth free author event sponsored by the Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium, which presented the best-selling authors Amy Tan in 2007, Walter Mosley in 2008, David Baldacci in 2009, Orson Scott Card in 2010, Catherine Coulter in 2011, Nikki Giovanni in 2012 and Jeff Shaara in 2013. The Consortium formed in 2006 to encourage the study and enjoyment of books and to foster cooperation among all types of libraries on the Peninsula.
More about T.C. Boyle
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of 24 books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010), When the Killing's Done (2011), San Miguel (2012) and T.C. Boyle Stories II (2013).
He received a doctorate degree in 19th century British literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history from the State University of New York Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978, where he is distinguished professor of English.
His work has been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages, including German, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Farsi, Croatian, Turkish, Albanian, Vietnamese, Serbian and Slovene. His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta and McSweeney's, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year (World's End, 1988); the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story (T.C. Boyle Stories, 1999); and the Prix Médicis Étranger for best foreign novel in France (The Tortilla Curtain, 1997). He currently lives near Santa Barbara, Calif., with his wife and three children.
The Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium brings together the public libraries of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County and the academic libraries of Christopher Newport University, Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College, collectively serving all residents of the Virginia Peninsula. Programs presented by the Consortium are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.thevplc.org. To keep up-to-date on Consortium author events, sign up for the emailed newsletter or “like” the Consortium’s Facebook page.