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Kelly Writers Series Presents Wednesday Reading by Tony D'Souza

November 29, 2007

tony dsouza.jpgNovember 29, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Acclaimed fiction writer Tony D'Souza will visit the DePauw University campus this Wednesday, December 5, as a guest of the James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series. D'Souza -- whose experiences serving three years in the Peace Corps in West Africa as a rural AIDS educator are the basis of his first novel, Whiteman -- will present a 7:30 p.m. reading in the auditorium of DePauw's Richard E. Peeler Art Center. The event is free and open to all.

Whiteman received the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. 

"It is the quality of vision that makes D’Souza’s novel notable," opined the New York Times, which made Whiteman an "editor's choice." "In original, unfussy prose, Whiteman suggests, with force and restraint, why a Whiteman Tony DSouza.jpgyoung American serving abroad, however haplessly, might not relish the prospect of having to return home."

D'Souza has also contributed to the New Yorker, Playboy, Salon and Esquire, among others. His second novel, The Konkans, will be released in February, 2008.

Born and raised in Chicago, D'Souza earned master's degrees in writing from Hollins University and the University of Notre Dame. He received a 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a 2007 NEA Japan Friendship Fellowship, and a 2008 Lannan Foundation Residency.

Learn more about the Kelly Writers Series by clicking here.

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