Penelope Lively and David McCullough to Speak at Yale

Two renowned authors — Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough — will offer their perspectives on their craft on May 9, at 4 p.m. in the Yale University Art Gallery’s McNeil Lecture Hall, 1111 Chapel St. (entrance on High Street).

Penelope Lively

The event, which is organized and sponsored by the Yale University Library, is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come basis.

Lively will speak first on the topic “Reading History and Writing Fiction,” and McCullough will deliver a reply.

Lively began her career as an author of children’s books. Her works include “The Ghost of Thomas Kempe,” for which she received the Carnegie Medal, and “A Stitch in Time,” which won the Whitbread Award. She has been nominated three times for the Booker Prize, an annual contemporary fiction award presented to writers in the British Commonwealth or Ireland, and she won it in 1987 for her novel “Moon Tiger.” She is a fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. She was designated as an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 by Queen Elizabeth II and was promoted to commander in 2001. Her most recent novel, “Consequences,” was published in June 2007.

David McCullough  

McCullough has been called the “master of the art of narrative history.” A 1955 graduate of Yale College, he has twice won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In December of 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. His 2001 biography of patriot and founding father John Adams has been turned into a seven-part mini-series by HBO, and part of the extended DVD will include an interview with McCullough that was filmed at Sterling Memorial Library this past summer.

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