The James Hoggard Reading
Series in conjunction with the Speakers & Issues Series will present
novelist Devin Murphy at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Wichita Falls Museum
of Art at MSU Texas.
Murphy is Associate Professor
of Creative Writing at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and author of The Boat Runner. His latest novel, Tiny Americans, follows the Thurber
family through more than 30 years of their lives. The three Thurber children
learn to navigate life after their father leaves them and as they become adults
and have children of their own. As they mature, they find that their childhood
is something they cannot escape even though life has scattered them across the
country. “… each wear their childhoods around them like a fleece they cannot
shed,” Murphy says.
In a press release, Murphy says
that when he was a child, his mother would go through other people’s garbage
searching for metal, embarrassing the boy. She welded the metal into sculptures
that young Murphy loved, creating an odd mix of shame and pride that was hidden
behind a high fence. “… this book is my trying to collect the refuse of my own
life and turn it into something both sharp-edged and lovely, and then to knock
down the fence,” he said.
Copies of Murphy’s books will
be available for purchase after the presentation and he will be on hand to sign
Murphy’s fiction has appeared
in more than 60 literary journals and anthologies, including The Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, the Chicago Tribune, New Stories
from the Midwest, and Confrontation.
He lives with his wife and children in Chicago.
James Hoggard retired in 2013
as the Perkins-Prothro Distinguished Professor of English after teaching at MSU
since 1966. In honor of his contributions to MSU Texas, Wichita Falls, and the
broader literary community, the James Hoggard Reading Series brings
award-winning writers and poets from across the nation to campus. Visiting
writers give a public reading of their creative work and interact with students
in the classroom, providing valuable insight and guidance into the world of
publishing, contemporary literature, and the writing life. It is supported by
the Bryan L. Lawrence Endowment; the Department of English, Humanities, &
Philosophy; and the Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Speakers and Issues Series
began in 2001 with the idea of bringing informed and creative speakers to the
academic and municipal communities. Since then, more than 20 speakers have come
to MSU from all corners of the country. It is supported by the Libra
Foundation, MSU’s Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the
Wichita Falls Times Record News, KCCU-FM NPR Radio, and KFDX-TV3.
This event is free and open to
the public. Contact Dr. John Schulze at 940-397-6249 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.