Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program Nov. 7
The University of Nevada, Reno and Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, in partnership with Nevada Humanities, will honor Richard Ford as the 2016 Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Monday, Nov. 7.
The Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program was established posthumously in 2001 to inspire new generations of writers in honor of Laxalt, who developed from news reporter to fiction and nonfiction author during his prolific career. Considered by many to be Nevada’s finest writer, Laxalt founded the University of Nevada Press and wrote 17 books, four of which were entered for the Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote for National Geographic and served as a professor in the University’s Reynolds School of Journalism for 18 years, teaching magazine writing and literary journalism.
The 2016 program is also part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, and is supported by the Pulitzer Prizes Board.
“Throughout 2016, Nevada Humanities has been celebrating the Pulitzer Prizes centennial by presenting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and authors throughout Nevada,” Christina Barr, executive director for Nevada Humanities, said. “Collaborating with the Reynolds School to bring Richard Ford to Reno as the 2016 Laxalt awardee is a dream come true for our literary community. Ford’s powerful stories inspire us all.”
Ford is the author of 11 fiction books, including the New York Times best-selling Independence Day, Canada and Let Me Be Frank With You. His short stories have been widely anthologized. He is a prolific essayist and journalist, writing often on politics for Le Monde, The Financial Times, the Frankfurter Allgemeibe Zeitung and the Dagens Hyheter in Sweden.
His work has been translated into 30 languages, and has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Prix Femina in France, and in 2016, the Princess of Asturias Prize in Spain. He is a Mellon Professor in Humanities at Columbia University, and lives in East Boothbay, Maine, and Billings, Montana.
“For Reynolds School of Journalism students to have the opportunity to engage with a preeminent writer such as Richard Ford is a transformative experience,” Reynolds School Dean Al Stavitsky said.
Ford will participate in two free public events during his visit to Reno Monday, Nov. 7.
“A Reading by Richard Ford,” will take place at Sundance Books and Music, located at 121 California Ave., from noon-1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7. The event is free and free parking is available at Sundance Books. This event is sponsored by Nevada Humanities.
“A Conversation with Richard Ford,” a public talk moderated by Stavitsky, will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center’s Wells Fargo Auditorium. Free parking will be available on the fifth floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street, just south of Lawlor Events Center. The event is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism.