SCAD announces spring Ivy Hall Writers Series

The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced that authors Lauren Groff, Andre Dubus III, Carol Wallace, Sandra Beasley and Augusten Burroughs (pictured) will participate in its spring Ivy Hall Writers Series.

Lauren Groff’s first novel, “The Monsters of Templeton,” was a New York Times and Booksense bestseller, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers. Her second book, “Delicate Edible Birds,” is a collection of stories. Groff’s second novel, “Arcadia,” released in March, focuses on the community and how characters rise, fall and evolve across three generations. She will speak April 3, 6:30-8 p.m., Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave. This event will be free and open to the public.

Andre Dubus III will speak and read from his recent memoir, “Townie.” His memoir, “Townie,” was a The New York Times bestseller and was named on many “Top Non-fiction Books of 2011″ lists, including Publishers Weekly and Esquire magazine. His novel “House of Sand and Fog” was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an Oprah Book Club Selection and a The New York Times bestseller. It has been published in 20 languages and the 2003 film adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award. A member of PEN American Center, Dubus III has served as a panelist for The National Book Foundation and is a full-time faculty member at University of Massachusetts Lowell. His lecture is April 12, 6:30-8 p.m., SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.

Carol Wallace will speak and read from her most recent publication, “Leaving Van Gogh.” Wallace, co-author of “To Marry an English Lord,” has written 21 books. Previous topics have included humor, parenting and social history. In 2006 Wallace received an M.A. in art history from Columbia University. The research for her M.A. thesis provided the foundation for “Leaving Van Gogh.” She will be the writer-in-residence at SCAD Atlanta in spring 2012. She recently completed the manuscript for a new historical novel, “Madame Manet.” Wallace will speak April 26, 6:30-8 p.m., Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Sandra Beasley is the author of “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life,” a memoir and cultural history of food allergies. Her previous books are both collections of poetry, “I Was the Jukebox,” which won the 2009 Barnard Women Poetry Prize and “Theories of Falling,” which won the New Issues Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Believer, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and The Best American Poetry 2010. She serves on the Board of the Writer’s Center in Washington D.C. Beasley’s lecture is May 1, 6:30-8 p.m., at Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Augusten Burroughs, The New York Times bestselling author of “Running with Scissors” and “A Wolf at the Table,” will return to SCAD Atlanta to present his latest book, “This is How, Help for the Self: Proven to Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterdom, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude and More. For Young and Old Alike.” It challenges the notion of self-help books and is scheduled to be released in early May. Burroughs also writes for numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times and New York Magazine. He will speak May 12, 6:30-8 p.m., SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.

The lectures are $10, unless noted, and free for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid SCAD ID. Following each lecture, a book signing is available with the purchase of a book.

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