The Eudora Welty Lecture

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to hear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie deliver the second annual Eudora Welty Lecture at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public.

This lecture is hosted as a partnership between the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Eudora Welty Foundation, and is a featured part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series each year.

The Eudora Welty Lecture is open to the public and is an important and unique addition to Washington, D.C.’s literary culture. The lecturers are chosen from the most prominent writers working in the English language today. Each lecturer presents an original talk on the topic of their creative origins, and receives a $20,000 honorarium.

Click for information about the first Eudora Welty Lecture, delivered by Salman Rushdie in October 2016.

Eudora Welty is the author of such acclaimed works as The Optimist’s Daughter, Delta Wedding, and the short story collection A Curtain of Green. Her many honors include the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award for Fiction, and the Gold Medal for the Novel, given by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for her complete works in fiction.

The Eudora Welty Lecture is inspired by the lectures Welty delivered at Harvard University in 1983 as part of the William E. Massey Sr. series. Over three lectures (Listening, Learning to See, and Finding a Voice), Welty surveyed her life as a writer and detailed the inextricable bonds between her upbringing in Jackson, Mississippi and her remarkable literary voice.

Speaking at Harvard, she said, “The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order, a timetable not necessarily—perhaps not possibly—chronological. The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation.”