Contact: Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service   
318-869-5120 or 868-1067 

Award-winning Writer Elizabeth Spencer Returns to Centenary for Literary Study Series in Conjunction with Celebration of Women Week

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Noted author Elizabeth Spencer will be at Centenary during Celebration of Women Week to kick off the spring Literary Study Series and talk about her life and works during a noon luncheon Tuesday, March 5 in Centenary's South Dining Hall.

The luncheon and the series, which are sponsored by the Centenary Muses, are open to the public as well as Centenary students, faculty, and staff.  Cost is $8.50 for the luncheon and $35 for the study series. 

This visit is Ms. Spencer's third to Centenary. In the Spring of 1997, she visited the campus as the recipient of the seventh annual John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence. In Spring 1998, she also kicked off the Literary Study Series. Ms. Spencer's awards include the Rosenthal Award and the Award of Merit for the Short Story from the American Academy of Arts, and the John Dos Passos Award for Literature.

In addition to her nine novels, including The Light in the Piazza, and collections of short stories, Ms. Spencer has recently published The Southern Woman, a collection of her best short fiction and six new stories written in recent years. The study series, discussing Spencer's The Southern Woman and her literary friendship with Eudora Welty, will be taught by Centenary professors Jeff Hendricks, David Havird, Katherine Fell, Jennifer Strange and George Newtown. The series will begin on Tuesday, March 12, and continue for four more Tuesdays in Room 304 in Jackson Hall.  Attendees can choose from 11:15 or 5:15 p.m. sessions. Refreshments will be served in Room 302 prior to the start of each session. 

Checks for the luncheon ($8.50) or study series ($35), or both, should be made payable to Centenary College and sent no later than March 1 to Catherine Fraser, Centenary Office of Annual Giving, 2910 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, LA  71104.

For more information, contact Ms. Fraser at 318-869-5599.

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