The debut of Writers at Studio 11 reading series event for the 2012-2013 academic year will be Monday, Sept. 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Studio 11 Gallery. Featured authors will be Laura Brodie and Lesley Wheeler.
The readings are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Books by the authors will be available for sale.
Brodie will read from her novel, All the Truth, and Wheeler will read from her poetry collection, The Receptionist and Other Tales. The event will include brief readings by student writers from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College plus senior Isabella Martin from Washington and Lee University and junior Heather Haag from Virginia Military Institute. The SubTerra writing workshop also will be represented.
Brodie is the author of four books—fiction, non-fiction and memoir—that have been featured on The Diane Rehm Show and CNN, and reviewed in publications ranging from The Washington Post to The Los Angeles Times. Her debut novel, The Widow's Season, won the 2005 Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for Best Novel-in-Progress, and became a bestseller in Germany, where it is currently in production as a feature film. Brodie’s latest novel, All the Truth, was also on Germany’s bestseller list for eight weeks. She teaches English at Washington and Lee University.
Wheeler is the author of the newly-published The Receptionist and Other Tales, Heterotopia, winner of the 2010 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and a finalist for a Library of Virginia Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collection Heathen and Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present. Wheeler is currently at work on a scholarly study of an exploration of place and community in 21st century poetry with the working title Poetry's Possible Worlds. She is the Henry S. Fox Jr. Professor of English at W&L.
Studio 11 is located at 11 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Lexington. The works of Judith Trott Guy will be on display through Oct. 27. The series is coordinated by Mattie Quesenberry Smith of DSLCC and Lesley Wheeler with help from both schools. This event is sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment at W&L.