Chilean novelist, screenwriter, and diplomat Antonio Skármeta kicks off the 2016 Winter With the Writers season on Thursday, February 4.
The 2016 Winter With the Writers literary festival will bring five world-class writers to Rollins College during the month of February, beginning with Chilean novelist, screenwriter, and diplomat Antonio Skármeta on Thursday, February 4.
Rollins English professor Philip F. Deaver and poet Chase Twichell as well as 2015 National Book Award finalists Ross Gay and Sy Montgomery will follow Skármeta.
The 2016 season will mark the beginning of new partnership between Rollins and the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. As the Southeast’s sole representative of the National Book Awards on Campus program, Rollins will host two National Book Awards finalists each year during Winter With the Writers.
In addition to the traditional Winter With the Writers schedule of master classes and book readings and signings, Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, will lead a talk at the Kerouac House at 8 p.m. on February 24.
Chilean novelist, screenwriter, and diplomat Antonio Skármeta is the author of Ardiente paciencia, which was adapted for the screen twice, including the 1994 Academy Award-winning film, Il Postino (The Postman).
Deaver is a professor of English at Rollins and author of the soon-to-be-released Forty Martyrs, which follows the intertwining lives of a psychologist, his wife, his lover, his lover’s husband, and his lover’s own paramour in the small town of Tuscola, Illinois.
Twichell is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems. She will serve as the Irving Bacheller Professor of Creative Writing at Rollins for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Gay is the author of three poetry collections, including Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for poetry.
Montgomery is the author of 20 books of nonfiction for adults and children, including the New York Times best seller The Good Good Pig. Her latest work, The Soul of an Octopus, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction.