Novelist Christopher Tilghman to give a reading at Tulane

March 24, 2014 8:45 AM

Hope Barnard

Christopher Tilghman

Novelist Christopher Tilghman will be on the Tulane University uptown campus on March 27. (Photo from Christopher Tilghman)

The Tulane University Department of English brings novelist Christopher Tilghman to the uptown campus to give a reading on Thursday (March 27). Its Creative Writing Fund will sponsor this event, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium of Woldenberg Art Center. It will be free and open to the public.  

Tilghman is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, he won the Whiting Writers Award for Fiction in 1990 and his short stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories anthologies. 

The New York Times Book Review praised Tilghman’s first novel, Mason’s Retreat, as, “Stately, absorbing… Tilghman writes [with] authoritative elegance.” 

With his newest novel, Tilghman returns to the characters of Mason’s Retreat in a prequel, The Right-Hand Shore.  

Tilghman’s writing centers around a fictional version of his own family’s farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 

Michael Kuczynski, chair of the English department, has followed Tilghman’s work since reading his first book of short stories, In a Father’s Place, which, he says, “blew me away.”  

Kuczynski describes Tilghman as “a very direct and human writer,” with a “deep sense of place. Students could learn from his rootedness.”

Hope Barnard graduated from Tulane University in 2012 with a BA in English and theater. She is a freelance writer and actress living in New Orleans.

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