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Picador Guest Professorship for Literature

The current Picador Guest Professor Tom Drury, photo: Mathieu Bourgois
The current Picador Guest Professor Tom Drury, photo: Mathieu Bourgois

Leipzig University, in co-operation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Veranstaltungsforum of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, initiated the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig aiming at conveying and critically reflecting on Anglo-American Literature.

Democracy of Language and Literature

The democracy of language and literature is a key note of the Picador Guest Professorship. This vivid mediation of literature will contribute to distinguish the subject according to international standards and place it among the leading programmes for the promotion of Anglo-American Studies in Germany. Authors, screenwriters and critics will be invited; next to recognized and well-known personalities, newcomers and avant-garde writers will be addressed. The Picador Guest Professorship is not only intended to supplement the scientific syllabus of the University of Leipzig but also to interconnect university and city life.

Summer Term 2017

The author and journalist Tom Drury was born in Iowa, in 1956. He received a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA from Brown University in English/Creative Writing.  

Tom Drury’s first novel The End of Vandalism was published in 1994. He was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 1996 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000-2001. The book was also cited as one of the best American novels of the past 45 years by GQ Magazine in 2002. His novel Pacific was long-listed for the National Book Award in 2013. Tom Drury ist also the author of the novels The Black Brook, Hunts in Dreams and The Driftless Area. His short fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Granta and the New York Times Magazine. The short story Path Lights was adapted into a film in 2009 by Zachary Sluser.

Winter Term 2016/2017

Paul La Farge was born in 1970 in New York City and studied at Yale University. He teaches creative writing on and off since 2002 at Wesleyan University and Colombia University. He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. His short stories and non-fiction pieces have been widely published in journals, including McSweeney's, Harper's Magazine, Fence, Conjunctions, The Believer, Playboy and Cabinet. He is the author of the novels The Artist of the Missing (1999) and Haussmann, or the Distinction (2001), for which he received the annual Bard Fiction Prize. His latest novel Luminous Airplanes was published in 2011.

Opening by US Consul General, Scott Riedmann, photo: Andreas LammModerator Diane Hielscher and Paul La Farge, photo: Andreas LammPaul La Farge, Picador Guest Professor winter term 2016, photo: Andreas LammPaul La Farge reads from his book, Foto: Andreas Lammphoto: Andreas LammPaul La Farge talking with his students, photo: Andreas LammPaul La Farge talking with his students, photo: Andreas LammPaul La Farge, photo: Andreas LammCrister Garrett welcomes Paul La Farge in the English Theatre in Berlin, photo: Carolin WeinkopfPaul La Farge reading, photo: Carolin WeinkopfPaul La Farge, photo: Carolin WeinkopfPaul La Farge and Crister Garrett, photo: Carolin Weinkopfphoto: Carolin Weinkopf
Opening by US Consul General, Scott Riedmann, photo: Andreas Lamm
Moderator Diane Hielscher and Paul La Farge, photo: Andreas Lamm
Paul La Farge, Picador Guest Professor winter term 2016, photo: Andreas Lamm
Paul La Farge reads from his book, Foto: Andreas Lamm
photo: Andreas Lamm
Paul La Farge talking with his students, photo: Andreas Lamm
Paul La Farge talking with his students, photo: Andreas Lamm
Paul La Farge, photo: Andreas Lamm
Crister Garrett welcomes Paul La Farge in the English Theatre in Berlin, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Paul La Farge reading, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Paul La Farge, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Paul La Farge and Crister Garrett, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
photo: Carolin Weinkopf

Picador Guest Professors 2006-2016

  • Tristan Hughes, winter term 2006/07
  • James Hopkin, summer term 2007
  • John Haskell, winter term 2007/2008
  • Chuck Klosterman, summer term 2008
  • Nancy Kress, winter term 2008/2009
  • Catherine Chung, summer term 2009
  • Olen Steinhauer, winter term 2009/2010
  • Christian Hawkey, summer term 2010
  • Nathalie Handal, winter term 2010/2011
  • Shannon Cain, summer term 2011
  • Porochista Khakpour, winter term 2011/2012
  • Fiona Maazel, summer term 2012
  • Alexander Chee, winter term 2012/2013
  • Calvin Baker, summer term 2013
  • Jennine Capó Crucet, winter term 2013/2014
  • Guillermo Verdecchia, summer term 2014
  • Michael Lowenthal, winter term 2014/15
  • Lauren K. Alleyne, summer term 2015
  • Linh Dinh, winter term 2015/2016
  • Justin Torres, summer term 2016
  • Paul La Farge, winter term 2016/2017

Information

Tom Drury
USA

Seminars
"Town & Country: Rural Spaces in American Fiction"
Short Story Workshop

Reading Leipzig
2 May 2017, 7 pm
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst
Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9-11, 04107 Leipzig

Reading Berlin
tba

Further Information
Homepage of the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature
Homepage Institute for American Studies Leipzig

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