Looking Forward to Festival of Ideas 2014
Festival of Ideas 2014 is coming together and promises to be a fantastic four days. We are thrilled to announce Joyce Carol Oates is confirmed for November 23, 2014.
There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than Joyce Carol Oates. The author of many books, Oates has penned bestselling novels and critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, a recent memoir, A Widow’s Story, and an unlikely bestseller, On Boxing.
Her remarkable literary industry- which includes work as an editor and anthologist - spans forms, themes, topics and genres.
Writing in The Nation, critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. said, “A future archeologist equipped only with her oeuvre could easily piece together the whole of postwar America.” In 2010, reflecting the widespread esteem in which her work is held, President Barack Obama awarded Oates the National Humanities Medal.