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      William and Rosemary MacIlwaine Lecture in American Literature in Charlottesville

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      April 10, 2019

      Wednesday   5:00 PM

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      William and Rosemary MacIlwaine Lecture in American Literature

      Ethan Canin Ethan Canin is the author of seven books of fiction, including the best-selling novels A Doubter’s Almanac and Carry Me Across the Water and the story collections Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker, which named him one of Twenty Writers for the New Millennium, and has been the basis for four Hollywood movies. He is a 1994 graduate of Harvard Medical School and was a trainee in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, he serves as the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and divides his time between Iowa City and northern Michigan. Dr. Canin will talk about what it was like to train as a doctor, then give up one of the world’s most secure professions to take a stab at one of its most insecure. For those interested in reading Dr. Canin’s works in advance of his talk, he recommends A Doubter’s Almanac (long and dark), Carry Me Across the Water (short and sweet), or The Palace Thief (stories). Additional readings recommended by Dr. Canin are Stories of John Cheever and Herman Melville’s short story “Bartleby the Scrivener.” The William and Rosemary MacIlwaine Lectures The William and Rosemary MacIlwaine Lecture Series in American Literature was established by Dr. William A. MacIlwaine IV and Linda Wilson MacIlwaine, and their sons, Andrew, Wilson, and Peter, to honor Dr. MacIlwaine’s parents, both of whom endorsed the value of a broad liberal arts education and were ardent supporters of the University of Virginia. Dr. MacIlwaine also wishes to express his gratitude to his former professors in the Department of English for their commitment to teaching and scholarship, and to bring awareness to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library and its dedication to the preservation of great works of literature. If you have any questions or need special accommodations please contact Sara Lee Barnes at or (434) 243-8656.

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