Julia Watts, author of a dozen novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning young-adult Novel Finding H.F., and Lila Quintero Weaver, who was named a finalist for the Small Press Expo 2012 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent, will be the featured guests in the next A. E. Stringer Visiting Writer Series.
The readings are scheduled at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Smith Hall 154. The A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series received support for this event from The College of Liberal Arts, the Honors College, the Center for African-American Students and Sexuality Studies.
Watts’ latest young adult novel, Secret City, is set in Oak Ridge, Tenn., during the Manhattan Project. Watts has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and her fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including The American Voice, Brain/Child, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, and N
ow and Then.
She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Spalding University and an M.A. in English from the University of Louisville. A native of southeastern Kentucky, she serves as a mentor in Murray State University’s low-residency M.F.A. program and teaches at South College in Knoxville, Tenn.
A Meet and Greet reception in honor of Watts, hosted by Sexuality Studies, will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Drinko Atrium, also Tuesday, Nov. 19. Light refreshments will be served.
Weaver was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1955. At age five, she immigrated to the U.S. with her family and spent her school years in a small Alabama town where she absorbed the material that makes up her illustrated memoir titled Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Weaver was named a finalist for the 2012 Cybils Award in the Graphic Novels category.
The Children’s Literature & Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association awarded Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White with a Notable Books for a Global Society designation.