Award-winning Author to Speak

Gary Gildner, an award-winning author, will read from his books Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Aldridge Lounge at William Woods University.

Gildner lives and writes on a ranch in Idaho’s Clearwater Mountains. His 18 published books include “Blue Like the Heavens,” “The Second Bridge” (a novel), “A Week in South Dakota” (short stories), “The Warsaw Sparks” (a memoir about coaching a baseball team in Communist Poland), and “The Bunker in the Parsely Fields,” which received the 1996 Iowa Poetry Prize.

He has also received the National Magazine Award for Fiction, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and non-fiction, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams and Theodore Roethke poetry prizes, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His second memoir, “My Grandfather’s Book” (2002), was named a Top 10 University Press Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine.

Gildner has been writer-in-residence at Reed College, Davidson College, Seattle University and Michigan State University, and has been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer to Poland and Czechoslovakia. He has given readings of his work at the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets, Manhattan Theatre Club, and at some 300 colleges and schools in the United States and abroad.

The reading is sponsored by the Division of Letters and Sciences and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary. It is free and open to the public.