Editor of UA Press Donald Harington Collection to Speak at Pryor Center

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Guestroom Novelist: A Donald Harington Miscellany, edited by Brian Walter ($29.95, cloth), has been released by the University of Arkansas Press and will be showcased during a celebration of the late novelist from 1 to 3 pm. Saturday, June 1, at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, 1 East Center Street in Fayetteville.

The event is free and open to the public.

Brian Walter will discuss the interviews, essays, articles and reviews from Harington, whose novels the Boston Globe once called the “quirkiest, most original body of work in contemporary U.S. letters.”

Harington was a long-time art history professor at the U of A. His 15 novels have a devoted following.

Walter is a professor of English at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the creator of two documentaries on Harington. He did extensive work for The Guestroom Novelist in the University of Arkansas Libraries’ Special Collections Department, which holds the Donald Harington papers.

The event will also include a small display of artwork by Donald Harington from the Tyson Art Collection. Archie Schaffer, consultant and retired executive vice president at Tyson Foods, will present a brief discussion of the collection. Members of the Special Collections Department will display and discuss materials from the Harington papers.

About the University of Arkansas Press: The University of Arkansas Press advances the mission of the University of Arkansas by publishing peer-reviewed scholarship and literature of enduring value. The Press publishes books by authors of diverse backgrounds writing for specialty as well as general audiences in Arkansas and throughout the world.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2.7 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Melissa King, director of sales and marketing
University of Arkansas Press
479-575-7715, mak001@uark.edu

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