Press Release for Thursday, October 27, 2005

Author Ernest Gaines Discusses the Art of Writing at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Author Ernest Gaines will speak on the “Art and Craft of Writing” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, on the University of North Florida campus. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Gaines was born on the River Lake plantation in Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana, the setting for most of his fiction. He attended San Francisco State University and later won a writing fellowship to Stanford University.

He published his first story in 1956. Since then he has written eight books of fiction, including Catherine Carmier, Of Love and Dust, Bloodline, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Long Day in November, in My Father’s House, and A Gathering of Old Men.

A Lesson Before Dying, his most recent novel, won the 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award. Gaines has also been awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant for writings of rate historical resonance. He divides his time between San Francisco and Lafayette, Louisiana, where he is writer in residence at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series. Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2005 Lectures link.