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Acclaimed young author Lauren Groff to deliver GSW’s Griffin Bell Lecture Feb. 13

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Special to the Journal

AMERICUS, Ga—Lauren Groff, author of “Arcadia,” is set to give the annual Griffin Bell Distinguished Lecture. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. in the Jackson Performance Hall at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW).

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Groff’s first novel, “The Monsters of Templeton,” published in Feb. 2008, was a “New York Times” Editors’ Choice selection and bestseller and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers. Her second book, “Delicate Edible Birds,” is a collection of stories. Her second novel, “Arcadia,” was published March 3, 2012 and is currently for sale in the GSW Bookstore.

Her short stories have appeared in a number of journals, including the “New Yorker,” “The Atlantic Monthly,” “Ploughshares,” “Glimmer Train,” and “One Story,” and in anthologies “Best American Short Stories 2007,” “Best American Short Stories 2010,” and “Best New American Voices 2008.”

Groff was awarded the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville and has had residencies and fellowships at Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale.

Born in Cooperstown, N.Y., Groff graduated from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Gainesville, Fla. with her husband and two sons.

The Lecture Series, which annually brings notable individuals and outstanding alumni to campus to share their experiences, is made possible through a gift from the late Griffin B. Bell, GSW alumnus and former U.S. attorney general.

A book signing with Groff will be held on Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Java City within the Marshall Student Center. Copies of “Arcadia” are available now at the GSW Bookstore.


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