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Prominent Authors and Poet to Speak at North Lake College's Writer's Feast

IRVING, Texas. 23 March, 2000 - The North Lake Community Center for Writers is sponsoring the second annual Writer's Feast at the college. The Feast is open to the public and includes readings, craft talks, and a jazz concert. The dates for the events are from April 3 to April 13.

The Writer's Feast offers an opportunity for aspiring writers, poets and the general public to appreciate, firsthand, the craft of professionals. Audiences will have a chance to interact directly with the experienced authors and poet during scheduled craft talks.

Joining the Feast to read and discuss selections from their work are poet Tom Sleigh and two noted authors: Janette Turner Hospital and Betty Wiesepape.

A contemporary American poet, Tom Sleigh is the author of four books. His latest work, The Dreamhouse, (Chicago, November 1999) is a selection of the Academy of American Poet's Poetry Book Club and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His first book, After One, won the Houghton Mifflin New Poetry Prize in 1983. Currently, he is visiting professor for the Writer's Series at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Janette Turner Hospital is a nationally recognized author who grew up on the steamy subtropical coast of Queensland, Australia. She has taught in universities in Australia, Canada, the United States, and England. Today, she holds the James Dickey Professor of English position at the University of South Carolina. Her first novel, The Ivory Swing, won Canada's Seal First Novel Award. Since then, she has won a number of literary prizes for her six novels and 3 short story collections. Oyster, her most recent novel, was a finalist for both of Australia's major literary prizes and Canada's Trillium Award. In England, the Observer listed Oyster as one of the "Best Books of the Year" and it was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year."

Texas writer Betty Wiesepape has lived in every region of the state, but claims Brenham as her hometown. While attending the University of Texas at Dallas to earn her Ph.D. in literature, she was the winner of the graduate fiction award from the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals and short story collections. Betty teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas and is adjunct professor of creative writing at North Lake this semester.

The Feast begins with a reading and talk by Janette Turner Hospital on Monday, April 3, from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm and concludes with a concert by the Ron Jones Quartet and a reading by Betty Wiesepape by the Lake on Thursday, April 13, from 7:00 pm to 8:30. Bring a picnic and enjoy the evening.

The following is a complete schedule of the readings, craft talks, and concert:

Monday, April 3 Janette Turner Hospital, Reading and Craft Talk
7pm-8:30 pm Room A233

Tuesday, April 4 Janette Turner Hospital, Public Reading
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Arena Theatre

Wednesday, April 4 Community Center Writers and Friends, Public Readings
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Arena Theatre

Monday, April 10 Tom Sleigh, Reading and Craft Talk
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Room A233

Tuesday, April 11 Tom Sleigh, Public Reading
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Arena Theatre

Wednesday, April 12 Betty Wiesepape, Reading and Craft Talk
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Arena Theatre

Thursday, April 13 Ron Jones Jazz Quartet and Reading by Betty Wiesepape
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By the Lake

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. All of the events are open to the public at no charge. For more information, call the Division of Visual and Performing Arts at 972-273-3560.