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Ohio Wesleyan to Kick Off Annual Carpenter Lecture Series

January 14, 2008

Tobias Wolff
DELAWARE, OHIO – Award-winning author Tobias Wolff will present “The Truths of Fiction, the Lies of Memoir” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 as part of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Katherine Kearney Carpenter Lecture series. Sponsored by the university’s Department of English, the free event will take place in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St.

Best known for writing “This Boy’s Life”—a childhood memoir which served as the basis for the 1993 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio—Wolff has earned international acclaim for his memoirs and short stories, including winning the Society of Arts and Sciences’ O. Henry Award three times. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University, Wolff also taught in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University for 17 years before returning to Stanford in 1997.

Established in 1967 with a generous endowment from the late O. William Carpenter in honor of his wife, the Katherine Kearney Carpenter Lecture series brings to campus one or more distinguished authors each year and features free readings and lectures available to the Ohio Wesleyan community and the public. Former guest lecturers include Joyce Carol Oates (1996), Kurt Vonnegut (1997), and Dave Eggers (2005).

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.