College of Liberal Arts

Celebrated Writers Ann Patchett and Gary Younge to Speak at UT Austin

Thursday Jan 23, 2014 7:00 PM | Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007)

Event: Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett and Award-winning British journalist Gary Younge will speak at two Plan II Honors events at The University of Texas at Austin. 

When: Ann Patchett will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. Gary Younge will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. 

Where: Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007), located on the east side of the Carothers Building. A map is available online.

Background: Ann Patchett, one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” is the author of six novels and three nonfiction books. She has received many awards and fellowships for her writing, including England’s Orange Prize, a PEN/Faulkner award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. She co-founded Parnassus Books in Nashville and has appeared on “The Colbert Report” and “The Martha Stewart Show” to talk about books and bookstores. Seating for this event is limited. Please RSVP to Matt Valentine:

Gary Younge is a feature writer for The Guardian and a columnist for The Nation. He will discuss his most recent book, “The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream.” This book is rooted in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of and draft speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr., and Joan Baez, a singer at the march, as well as Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders. This event is co-hosted by the Plan II Honors Program, the Department of Journalism, and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact: Jessica Sinn, public affairs specialist, College of Liberal Arts, 512-471-2404 or; Matt Valentine, program coordinator, Joynes Reading Room, 512-471-5692 or

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