NEA Fellow and O'Henry Award-winner Peter Ho Davies reads from his work, attends book signing
March 20, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Author Peter Ho Davies will read from his fiction at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. A question and answer session will be held at 4:45 p.m. in Gulick 100, and the reading itself will be followed by a dessert reception, at which Davies will sign books.
Born to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies grew up in Britain before moving to the United States. He refuses to be pigeon-holed, exploring his Welsh, Chinese, Malaysian, and American identities in his fiction. His first published story was anthologized in the “Best American Short Stories” collection, and was the title story of his first book, “The Ugliest House in the World”. This was followed up by a varied and impressive collection, “Equal Love”. His short fiction has appeared in the premier journals and magazines of both the U.S. and Britain, including “Atlantic Monthly,” “Harper’s,” “Ploughshares” and “Granta”.
Davies holds bachelor's degrees in both physics and English from the University of Manchester, England, and a master's degree in creative writing from Boston University. Among his many awards have been fellowships from the NEA and the Fine Arts Work Center, as well as an O'Henry short story award. This year, he was named to Granta’s “Best of the Young British Novelists” list, also known as Twenty Under Forty. Davies’ first novel is set to be released this year. He currently lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he heads the University of Michigan’s top-rated M.F.A. program in creative writing.
His visit is made possible by Writer’s Reading and the Faculty Speaker’s series of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and a grant from the Associated Writing Programs.