Key West Literary Seminar
"SPIRIT OF PLACE: American Literary Landscapes"

January 10-13, 2002

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Panelist - Joan Williams

Joan Williams
Joan Williams

JOAN WILLIAMS is the author of five novels, including The Morning and the Evening, which won the John P. Marquand First Novel Award, and a collection of short stories. "The Morning and the Evening is indisputably the work of a greatly gifted writer. It is a haunting and beautiful tale, richly interfused with humor and sharp, unsettling insights into the human predicament. Not the least of Miss Williams' talents is her perfectly focused rendering of the Southern landscape, which comes through with the clear simplicity of Flaubert's Normandy, and with the same sensuous feel of reality. A fine work." (William Styron)

Ms Williams received her B.A. from Bard College and M.A. from Fairfield University, where she taught creative writing. She is the recipient of a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

At the January Seminar, Ms. Williams will read from her third novel, The Wintering, a roman a clef of her relationship with William Faulkner, which presents "the poignant and unusual story of the love between a world-famous writer and a young woman who comes to pay homage to him. From Memphis' grand Peabody Hotel to Greenwich Village and the publishing centers of Manhattan, The Wintering traces the arc of a love affair from its tentative beginnings to its inevitable, painful ending with a grace and honesty that could only be delivered by one of America's finest writers." (from the bookjacket)

Pay the Piper, E.P. Dutton, 1988
Pariah and Other Stories (short story collection), Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1983
County Woman, Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1982
The Wintering, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971
Old Powder Man, Harcourt Brace & World, 1967
The Morning and the Evening, Antheneum Publishers, 1961

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