Authors Visit Rollins College for 73rd Winter With the Writers

5 Authors From Around the World Visit Rollins! 

Five writers from around the world will take part in the 2013 Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts.  In keeping with Rollins College’s long-standing commitment to bring contemporary literature to the community, the 2013 season will feature a diverse mix of authors, including three-time National Book Award-winner Peter Matthiessen and Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. For several decades the series has hosted renowned writers who share their work and expertise with students and the community.

 Afternoon master classes and evening readings will take place on the Rollins College campus on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning on February 7. The events are free to the public.  Parking is available in the SunTrust Plaza Parking Garage at no charge.

 Three-time National Book Award-winner Peter Matthiessen will speak on February 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Knowles Memorial Chapel (master class at 4 p.m. at 330 Winter Park Plaza). Matthiessen, a renowned novelist, nature writer, and environmental activist, is the author of many widely-acclaimed works including The Snow Leopard, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, and Shadow Country.

 Pulitzer Prize-nominee Karen Russell will speak on February 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Knowles Memorial Chapel (master class at 4 p.m. at 330Winter Park Plaza).  Russell is the author of Swamplandia, one of New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2011. Her new book, Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories, is due out on February 12, 2013.

 African-Puerto Rican author Mayra Santos-Febres and Cuban-American poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa will speak on February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at theAnnie Russell Theatre.  Pau-Llosa’s master class will be held at 2 p.m. in the Woolson House; Santos-Febres’ master class will be held at 4 p.m. in the Woolson House. Santos-Febres is a critically acclaimed poet and novelist. Her contributions to the literary world earned her a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.  Poet Pau-Llosa is widely recognized for his knowledge of Latin American art, as an art critic, lecturer, art collector, curator, essayist, and short story writer.

 Azar Nafisi will speak on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tiedtke Concert Hall (master class at 4 p.m. in the Galloway Room).  Nafisi is best known forReading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, a book in which she describes her experiences as a secular woman living and working in Iran.

Discussions and readings are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited. For more information, visit the Winter With the Writers website at


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