Master Calendar: Happenings and events at the University of Georgia

September 4, 2014

Lectures, Readings and Discussions, Free Events

Book Reading: Philip Lee Williams

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Room 285

Sponsored by: University of Georgia Libraries
Contact: Leandra Nessel 706-542-3879


Award-winning author Philip Lee Williams will read from his latest autobiography, "It Is Written: My Life in Letters." The book covers Williams' 30-year career and tells the story of his creative life in an open, jaunty and often hilarious autobiography. Presented by UGA Libraries.

Over a 30-year career as a published author of fiction, poetry and essays, Williams has become one of the South's most-honored writers.

From his first published novel in 1984 until now, he has been a steady presence in the literary world. In addition, he is an accomplished composer with more than 18 full symphonies, an opera, and a requiem mass to his credit. 

The book starts with the story of a notorious party in New York City in 1991 and then backtracks to Williams' early days living in the country outside Madison, where his father was principal of Morgan County High School. While the book has plenty on Williams' youth in Madison, his days as a student at UGA and his later years as a journalist, it focuses primarily on his career as a published writer, beginning with his first novel, "The Heart of a Distant Forest." Along the way, it dishes inside information on Hollywood and the publishing business itself, and is filled with high good humor, bizarre detours and a quiet sense of accomplishment.