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Novelist Clyde Edgerton Will Read From His Work at Davidson

March 29, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Clyde Edgerton
Novelist Clyde Edgerton

North Carolina novelist Clyde Edgerton will appear at Davidson College on Thursday, April 5, to read from his work and present writing awards to students. Edgerton's free public presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the 900 Room of the College Union. He will begin the evening by presenting Vereen Bell Memorial Awards for Creative Writing to Davidson students, and then read from his work.

The Vereen Bell Memorial Award is given annually to a member of the senior, junior, or sophomore class who has done the best work in fiction, poetry, or drama. The award is given in memory of 1932 Davidson graduate Vereen Bell, a promising and successful young novelist and short story writer who was killed in the second battle of the Phillipine Sea during World War II.

Born in Bethesda, N.C., Edgerton received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UNC Chapel Hill. He served as an Air Force pilot in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, his awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lyndhurst Prize, the Regan-Rubin Award, the 1997 North Carolina Award for Literature, and honorary doctorates from St. Andrew's College in Laurinburg and UNC Asheville.

Edgerton has taught at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, most recently at St. Andrew's College, Agnes Scott College, Duke University, and Millsaps College, where he shared the Eudora Welty Chair in Southern Studies with his wife, writer Susan Ketchin.

His novels, often set in a fictionalized version of his North Carolina hometown, include Raney, Walking Across Egypt, The Floatplane Notebooks, In Memory of Junior, and Where the Trouble Sleeps. His short fiction essays have been published in The New York Times Sophisticated Traveler Magazine, The Southern Review, The Oxford American, and other magazines. Three of his novels have been adapted for the stage, and the film adaptation on Raney will be released soon by Castleway Entertainment.

For more information on his reading at Davidson, call 894-2183.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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