Book readings The Friends of Tufts Libraries launched their
new "Authors Talk" series on October 5 with a reading by English
Department Chair Jonathan Wilson, from his novel The Hiding Room.
The reading was followed with refreshments and a book signing. Pictured
are (l-r) Sandra Szymczack, J59, Art History Professor Andrew McClellan
and author Wilson. At least one "Author Talk" will be held in each
of the libraries on the Medford, Boston and Grafton campuses, with
each featuring a member of the Tufts faculty, or an alumnus, who
is recently published.
Tufts books make "Best Books of '90s" The readers of Lingua
Franca, one of the leading magazines of higher education, chose
two books by Tufts authors for their list of the "Best Academic
Books of the '90s." While more than 300 titles were submitted for
consideration, only ten were chosen. Among those were, at number
six, Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
(Simon & Schuster, 1995) by Professor of Philosophy Daniel Dennett,
and at number ten, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (Knopf,
1992) by Gordon Wood, A55, a Tufts trustee and Pulitzer Prize winner.
Dubus' novel best of year, says Oprah Andre Dubus III, a
lecturer in the Department of English, continues to receive high
praise for House of Sand and Fog (W. W. Norton, 1999). A finalist
for the 1999 National Book Award for Fiction, the novel was also
picked for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. The book, says Winfrey,
was "my favorite read this year." Dubus is no stranger to recognition
for his writing; his awards include a Pushcart Prize and the 1985
National Magazine Award for Fiction.