Wyoming Arts Council

Anne Fadiman at Teton Co. Library Aug. 1

Teton County Library in Jackson invites you to meet Anne Fadiman (shown in photo at right) at a reading and book signing on Friday, August 1 from 7-8 p.m. in the Ordway Auditorium. She will read from her bestselling collection “At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays,” a compilation of 12 essays. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. The evening program is free and open to the public.

” ‘At Large and At Small’ is a charming book, and Anne is the type of writer you wish you could bring home for a long dinner – clever, funny and thoughtful,” says Oona Doherty, the library’s adult humanities coordinator.

Her book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” (1997), an account of the cross-cultural conflicts between a Hmong family and the American medical system, won a National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as many other awards. She followed it up with “Ex-Libris” (1998) and a second collection of essays “At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays” (2007) and edited “Rereadings: Seventeen Authors Revisit Books They Love” (2005). Fadiman was also a writer and columnist for “Life” and Editor-at-Large for “Civilization.” For seven years, she edited the venerable literary quarterly, “The American Scholar.” She is the only writer to win National Magazine Awards for both Reporting (1987) and Essays (2003).

Her first job after graduating from Harvard in 1975 was teaching mountaineering skills at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander. She now lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, the writer George Howe Colt, and their two children. As Yale’s Francis Writer in Residence she teaches nonfiction writing and serves as a mentor to writing students.

All three of Fadiman’s books are available at the library. You can search for and reserve them online at http://tinyurl.com/6qjtx2 or from the library’s site http://www.tclib.org/.

For more information about Fadiman’s program, contact the Adult Humanities Coordinator at 733-2164 ext. 135.

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