March 23, 2017

Celebrated Author Allan Gurganus Visits Guilford College April 12-13

Award-winning novelist, short-story writer and essayist Allan Gurganus will come to the Guilford College campus for a two-day visit beginning on Wednesday, April 12, as the Sherwood Anderson Distinguished Visiting Writer.

During his visit, the North Carolina native, praised by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as a writer "without a safety net . . . [who] locates the dangerous glamour in the ordinary," will be visiting classes and leading writing workshops. He will also read from and sign his work during his public presentation on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Room of Hege Library,

His books include White People, Local Souls, and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. A winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Gurganus is also a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has led writing workshops at Duke University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Stanford University and Sarah Lawrence College.

The Sherwood Anderson Creative Writing Program at Guilford College was established with a $600,000 gift by the heirs of Sherwood Anderson, a leading figure in 20th-century American letters who was dedicated to encouraging the work of fellow writers. The Anderson program supports the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series as well scholarships in Guilford’s Department of English and Creative Writing.

Allan Gurganus' April 12 reading in Hege Library is free and open to the public. His work will be available for purchase and signing at this event. For more information, please contact Mylène Dressler at