Test2014 NWFSC READS Visiting Author:
Michael Cunningham
Series Event:  7pm, Monday, April 21, 2014
Sprint Theater

  • Free admission
  • Open to the Public
  • Arrive early as seating is limited
  • Books will be available for purchase, and autographs, after the reading

Join Northwest Florida State College in welcoming Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham on Monday, April 21. The evening reading and commentary will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sprint Theater in Niceville. 

Michael Cunningham is most widely known for his celebrated novel The Hours, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The novel weaves together the stories of three women-one from suburban life in 1949, one in Manhattan in 2001, and Virginia Woolf in 1923, as she was writing her novel Mrs. Dalloway. Through an intricate medley of parallels and of separations, Cunningham presents each of these women-with their families and their friends-as they confront the relentless "push-pull" tension of modern life. 

"The triumph of The Hours is that it somehow manages to be both artful and sincere, striking nary a false note . . . And the triumph of the book is no less the triumph of its author. Just when it seemed that it was no longer permissible to pay respect to the literature of the past, Cunningham has done so with an undeniable skill and depth of feeling." (Justin Cronin, The Philadelphia Inquirer) 

Mr. Cunningham has also received acclaim for his novels A Home at the End of the World, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall. His shorter works have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review, and his story "White Angel" was selected for Best American Short Stories 1989. In addition to the fiction, Cunningham wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of A Home at the End of the World, and he both co-wrote the screenplay and served as executive producer for the film of Susan Minot's Evening. Mr. Cunningham brings his lyrical style and innovative vision to non-fiction in such publications as his travel narrative, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown, and his edited collection of Walt Whitman's poetry, Laws for Creation. 

The film adaptation of The Hours (starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore) was nominated for nine Academy Awards (with a Best Actress Award for Nicole Kidman), and for seven Golden Globe Awards (including the award for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Nicole Kidman). A Home at the End of the World was also adapted for a film, starring Colin Farrell and Sissy Spacek, and received a number of award nominations. 

In recognition of his wider body of writings, Mr. Cunningham has received a Pulitzer Prize, the Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has held prestigious teaching positions at Columbia University and Brooklyn College, and is currently a senior lecturer in the English Department at Yale University. 

Cunningham's new novel, The Snow Queen, will be released in May 2014.

Michael Cunningham's Official Website