Beck begins

Pam Houston has been described as an author who “lives and writes fearlessly.” As the first speaker in this year’s Beck Lecture Series, the class of 1983 grad will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Herrick Hall. Then, she’ll stick around afterward for a reception and book signing in the Burton D. Morgan Center’s Faculty Lounge.

Known for the highly autobiographical power of her fiction, Houston’s books include “Cowboys Are My Weakness,” “Waltzing the Cat,” and her most recent, “Contents May Have Shifted.” Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award, and multiple teaching awards.

And stay tuned to TheDEN and Denison Magazine in the months to come for more about the Harriet Ewens Beck Lecture Series—which is celebrating 50 years of bringing amazing writers to campus. Here’s a peek: it started with Eudora Welty in the 1960s, and the hundreds of Beck speakers since then have included the likes of Louise Erdrich, Robert Olen Butler, Alice Walker, Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Ford, Adrienne Rich—and that’s just for starters.

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