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November 1, 2007


Ragtime Author E.L. Doctorow to Read

E.L. Doctorow

Author E. L. Doctorow, who is widely cited as the premier master of historical fiction, will give a reading at Bryn Mawr College on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Great Hall.

Doctorow, best known for Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, is also the author of The Book of Daniel, Loon Lake, World's Fair and The Waterworks. A perennial audience favorite whose books appear on bestseller lists again and again, he "occupies one of the narrowest subsets in American letters — the million-selling author who is taken seriously," The Washington Post has said.

His latest works are the 2005 novel The March and 2006's Creationists: Selected Essays 1993-2006.

The March, a work of historical fiction that tells the story of the Union Army under Sherman during the last year of the American Civil War, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Doctorow also received a PEN/Faulkner award for his 1989 novel Billy Bathgate, which, in addition to Ragtime, was made into a major motion picture.

Other literary awards include the 1986 National Book Award for World's Fair and the National Book Critics Circle award for Ragtime.

Free and open to the public, Doctorow's appearance is part of the College's yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series, which features award-winning poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and playwrights.  For further information, contact the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.


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