February 1, 2011 — Award-winning author Ann Beattie will read from her recent fiction on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in the University of Virginia Bookstore mezzanine.
Beattie, Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing in U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences, published her 18th book, "The New Yorker Stories," in November. The New York Times named it one of the 10 best in 2010.
Praised for her mastery of the short story, Beattie's collection brings together all 48 of her stories that appeared in the New Yorker magazine between April 1974 and November 2006. Until this book, nearly half of the stories remained uncollected.
In addition to "The New Yorker Stories," her most recent short story collections are "Follies" and "Perfect Recall."
Although Beattie has said in interviews that she prefers the short story form, she also writes novels. In 2010, she published the novella, "Walks with Men." Her novels include "The Doctor's House," "My Life, Starring Dara Falcon" and "Another You."
Beattie interviewed her husband, the painter Lincoln Perry, and wrote an essay for his book, "Lincoln Perry's Charlottesville," published by the U.Va. Press in 2005.
Her work has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections and in the late John Updike's "The Best American Short Stories of the Century." In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story.