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Jayne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell, to give reading

The Department of English will host a reading by Jayne Phillips on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Reading Room, WVU Downtown Library.

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of five novels, Quiet Dell (2013), Lark & Termite (2009), Motherkind (2000), Shelter (1994), Machine Dreams (1984), and two widely anthologized collections of stories, Fast Lanes, (1987) and Black Tickets (1979). Quiet Dell was a Wall Street Journal Best Fiction of 2013 and a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2013 selection. Lark &Termite, winner of the Heartland Prize, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Prix de Medici Etranger. Motherkind won the New England Book Award; Shelter was awarded an Academy Award by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.  Machine Dreams was a National Book Critic’s Award finalist in fiction, and included in the (12) New York Times’ Best Books of the year. Black Tickets, awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, is often cited as a book of stories that influenced a generation of writers. Phillips’ works are published in nine languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, and a Howard Fellowship. She is currently Board of Governors Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. Information, essays and text source photographs on her fiction can be viewed at

The reading is free and open to the public.  A book signing and reception will follow.