Oates will reflect on her career and the people, places and events that influenced and inspired her. She will recount growing up with meager means on a farm in rural New York, her personal approach to writing and the writer’s life. Her newest novel, “Little Bird of Heaven,” is available for signing after the program. Tickets for the presentation are $25 for general admission and $15 for resident members. For tickets and further information, call (202) 633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Since winning the Mademoiselle College Fiction contest 50 years ago at age 19, Oates has become one of the world’s most eminent writers. To date, she has written 56 novels, 32 collections of short stories and eight volumes of poetry, as well as drama, young adult and children’s fiction and numerous nonfiction works. She has received the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. Since 1978, Oates has taught in the creative writing program at Princeton University where she is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities.