When: Jan. 3-10 2013
What: University of Tampa’s MFA in Creative Writing program once again brings us a roundup of glitterati, from local academics to nationally known authors, for its bi-annual Lectores series. National Book Award-winning author Denis Johnson was originally slated to headline the series, but canceled his appearance. Swamplandia! author Karen Russell, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, was asked to appear in Johnson's place. Lectores events include a reading with fiction writers Jessica Anthony (pictured in teaser photo) and Jason Ockert on Mon., Jan. 7, at the Falk Theatre. On Tues., Jan. 8, at the Vaughn Center, attend a reading with fiction writer Mikhail Iossel and novelist and poet Enid Shomer. On Wed., Jan. 9, at the Falk Theatre, novelists Tony D’Souza and Terese Svoboda take the stage. The series concludes with Tibor Fischer and Amy Hill Hearth on Thurs., Jan. 10, at the Falk Theatre. The son of Hungarian refugees, Fischer was born in Stockport in 1959. His first novel, Under the Frog, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993. He is the author of four other novels, The Thought Gang, The Collector Collector, Voyage to the End of the Room and Good to be God, as well as a collection of short stories, Don’t Read This Book If You’re Stupid. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, his work has been published in 25 languages. UT grad Hearth is a New York Times bestselling author and a Peabody Award-winning writer who specializes in oral histories and biographies. Hearth "saw her work gain national prominence" (Contemporary Authors, 2009) with the publication of her first book, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, a collaboration with two centenarian sisters who were the daughters of a man born into slavery. All events begin at 7 p.m., and continue on the UT campus through Jan. 10.