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Prof. Lili Wright's Dancing with the Tiger Wins Housatonic Book Award

Prof. Lili Wright's Dancing with the Tiger Wins Housatonic Book Award

October 26, 2017

Lili Wright, professor of English at DePauw University, is the winner of a 2017 Housatonic Book Award for her debut novel, Dancing with the Tiger.  The competition is sponsored by the M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University and its alumni organization, the M.F.A. Alumni Writers Collaborative.

Wright -- who won the first place prize for fiction -- and the other winners will each receive $1,500 and will appear at residencies of the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing in 2018 for public readings and master classes.

Learn more here.

Dancing with the Tiger was selected by the Mystery Writers of America as a finalist for a 2017 Edgar Allan Poe AwardThe Mark Gordon Company has acquired the feature film rights to Professor Wright's book.

"In her energetic debut novel, the sprawling literary thriller Dancing with the Tiger, Lili Wright straddles borders and genres," wrote Tayari Jones in a New York Times book review.  Jones opined that Wright's book has "everything you could want in a summer caper."

Other glowing reviews of Dancing with the Tiger include those by Outside and the Washington Post. The book was also on a National Geographic list of "12 Travel Books to Read Before Summer Is Over."

A former journalist, Elizabeth D. "Lili" Wright, joined the DePauw faculty in 1999. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. She previously authored the autobiographical Learning to Float: The Journey of a Woman, a Dog, and Just Enough Men (2002). Wright contributed an essay to the February 2017 edition of Good Housekeeping.