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Header image for Joy Williams: Honored Guest. A film strip with multiple photos of Joy Williams in a rowboat with one of her German Shepherd dogs.
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Graham Chapel

Joy Williams Reading & Celebration

The cover art has a horse leaping through - up and out - a splash of ink.
Harrow book cover from Williams’s publisher, Penguin Random House.

The Washington University Libraries and English Department are hosting legendary writer Joy Williams for a special reading and conversation. Williams’s first novel in 20 years, Harrow, was released on September 14. The exhibition “Joy Williams: Honored Guest,” featuring materials from the Joy Williams Papers, is on display in John M. Olin Library, with a digital version of the exhibition available online.

This event is taking place in Graham Chapel, and will also be live-streamed and recorded for virtual viewing. Pre-registration, completing a self-screening, and wearing a mask at all times, are required for all in-person attendees. Doors will open at 3:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books at the event.

Virtual attendees are encouraged to register to receive a reminder and link to the livestream in your inbox.

Public Health Details

As noted above, all in-person attendees must adhere to all of Washington University’s public health requirements, including the latest events and meetings protocolAll guests will be required to show a successful self-screening result and wear a mask at all times to attend the event.

Header image credit: Photographs of Joy Williams, 1983. Copyright Jimm Roberts: All Rights Reserved.

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