Author Tobias Wolff Discusses Literary Career at Kansas City Public Library

For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2009
Contact: Paul Smith
Author Tobias Wolff Discusses Literary Career at Kansas City Public Library

 The Kansas City Public Library hosts A Conversation with Tobias Wolff, author of the Kansas City Big Read selection Old School, on Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Wolff will be interviewed by New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam, who will record the conversation for later broadcast.


Wolff will discuss Old School and his literary career – including his new short fiction compilation Our Story Begins, which earned The Story Prize in March 2009.


One of the few contemporary writers with an assured spot in American literary history, Wolff won the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel The Barracks Thief as well as three O. Henry Awards for his short fiction; he is also a two-time finalist for the National Book Award. His pioneering memoir This Boy’s Life was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.


Wolff leads a graduate-level fiction workshop at Stanford University. His work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s as well as various literary journals.


This presentation is a Bradbury Speaker Series event, established in honor of retired Library Director Daniel J. Bradbury with the support of the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is also available.

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