Robert Olen Butler and Elizabeth Dewberry to Give Eckler Lecture at Mount Union College

April 22, 2010

Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Elizabeth Dewberry, playwright and novelist, will present the Eckler Lecture at Mount Union College on Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.


Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler

Butler and Dewberry, who are husband and wife, will present a public reading.

Butler is professor of fiction at Florida State University. He has published ten novels and two volumes of short fiction, one of which, "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain," won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Butler is also the author of the novels "Fair Warning," "Mr. Spaceman," "The Deep Green Sea," "The Whisper," "The Deuce," "Wabash," "On Distant Ground" and "Countrymen of Bones," and the author of "Tabloid Dreams," a short story collection.


Elizabeth Dewberry

Elizabeth Dewberry

Dewberry is playwright-in-residence at Florida State University. Her one-act play, "Head On," premiered at the 1995 Humana Festival of New American plays, and her first full-length play, "Flesh and Blood," premiered at the 1996 Humana Festival.

Dewberry is also the author of the play "Four Joans and a Fire-Eater," and four novels, including "Sacrament of Lies," "Break the Heart of Me," and "Many Things Have Happened Since He Died: And Here Are the Highlights."

The Eric A. and Mary W. Eckler Lecture in Literature and Drama was established through an endowment given by Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cummins (Dorothy Nelson '29) in appreciation of the Ecklers' years of service to the community and Mount Union College.

Musician Christopher Reynolds will present a pre-lecture performance at 7 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (330) 823-6063.

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