Allan Gurganus, a longtime friend of James Merrill, will give the 6th annual James Merrill Lecture on May 23 at the LaGrua Center in Stonington. Gurganus, who was born in North Carolina in 1947, is the author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, White People, Plays Well With Others, The Practical Heart, and other works. His books have received numerous awards and have been translated into sixteen languages. Film adaptations of Gurganus’s fiction have won four Emmy awards. His political essays often appear in The New York Times. Gurganus is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is presently at work on a collection of short fiction, Assisted Living, and the second novel in his The Falls Trilogy that commenced with Widow.
In his upcoming Stonington appearance, Gurganus will read from this novel-in-progress, The Erotic History of a Southern Baptist Church.
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