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Renowned author to give reading at NMSU

Acclaimed fiction writer and essayist David Foster Wallace will read from his works at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Room 106 of Hardman Hall on the New Mexico State University Las Cruces campus.


Caleb Crain of the Boston Globe has called Wallace "probably the most important novelist of his generation." In a review of Wallace's collection "Oblivion," Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times wrote, "Clearly Mr. Wallace is a prose magician. The best of his earlier fiction and essays demonstrates that he can make the English language run, jump, leap, snarl and whisper; he can do meta-fiction, old-fashioned fiction, ironic shtick and post-postmodern sentiment or some combination of them all at the same time."

Other notable works by Wallace include "Infinite Jest" and "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men." Wallace graduated from Amherst College and the University of Arizona, and received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In 1998 and 1999, he received the Outstanding University Researcher Award for his work as a professor at Illinois State University. Wallace currently teaches creative writing at Pomona College in California.

Parker Staley, a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate at NMSU, will also read at the event.

La Sociedad para las Artes in the NMSU English department is sponsoring the reading. It is free and open to the public.