Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Jill McCorkle, award-winning author, speaks at Caddo Magnet High Th, Feb 8, 6:30 pm; free & open to the public
"When Jill McCorkle was twenty-six her first two novels, The Cheerleader and July 7th, were published to critical acclaim. She has published five additional works of fiction to date: Tending To Virginia (1989), Ferris Beach (1991), Crash Diet: Stories (1992), Carolina Moon (1996), Final Vinyl Days and Other Stories (1998), and Creatures of Habit (2001), writes Sherry Ellis for Boston University.
McCorkle will speak at Caddo Magnet High School Thur, Feb 8, as part of the Mary Jane Malone Lecture Series, said Mary Rounds, Caddo Magnet principal. The evening lecture, to be held at 7:30 pm in the CMHS Performing Arts Center, is free and open to the public.
“Billy Goats,” the first story in Creatures of Habit, was originally published in Bomb magazine and subsequently selected for The Best American Short Stories 2002. Richard Bausch called this collection “so rich, so complete an experience . . . McCorkle paints everything with such clarity, and beauty . . . With every line, she incites my awe and wonder.”
McCorkle’s short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Cosmopolitan, and Ladies Home Journal. She has also reviewed books for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
McCorkle will meet with students in English classes, address the campus at 1:30, and sign books after her public lecture at 6:30.
She is a 1981 alumnus of Hollins College.