the life of his grandmother
who gave loving care to her Downs-syndrome child -- was chosen for Oprah's
Bookclub, will speak during the fall semester program for the Friends
of Houston Cole Library on Thursday, September 21, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.
Lott puts the whirlwind
experience of being chosen by the "book goddess" into perspective in
a personal essay, "Toward Humility," that concludes his captivating
Before We Get Started. His more recent fiction has won him accolades,
and he now is editor of The Southern Review.
Bret Lott is the author
of eleven books, most recently the story collection The Difference
Between Women and Men (Random House, July 2005), Before We Get
Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer’s Life (Ballantine Books,
2005), and the bestselling novel A Song I Knew by Heart (Random
House, 2004). His short stories and essays have been widely anthologized,
and have appeared in such journals as The Yale Review, Story,
New York Times, Boston Globe, Antioch Review, Gettysburg Review,
Chicago Tribune, Iowa Review and The Southern Review, and
have been read on National Public Radio in nationwide broadcasts.
Originally from Los Angeles,
he received his MFA in writing from the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, where he studied with James Baldwin. From 1986 to 2004 he was
Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at The College of Charleston
in Charleston, South Carolina; he and his wife Melanie now live in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, where he is editor and director of The Southern
Review and professor of English at Louisiana State University.
Mr. Lott has given readings
and lectures across the country and around the world, including The
White House, the American Center in Jerusalem, and Charles University
in Prague. He is also a recipient of a Fulbright American Scholar appointment
to Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, and has twice served as a panelist
for the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships.
He and his wife have two
children: Zebulun, age 23 and a recent graduate of Furman University;
and Jacob, age 20 and a sophomore at the College of Charleston.
Copies of Mr. Lott's most
recent books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments
follow the program. Open to the public.