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Philip F. Deaver: Reading, On-stage Interview, and Signing

February 11, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Philip F. Deaver, professor of English at Rollins and author of the soon-to-be-released Forty Martyrs, will give a reading, an on-stage interview, and a signing as a part of the 2016 season of Winter With the Writers.

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February 10, 2016

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    Philip F. Deaver: Master Class
  • February 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

    Philip F. Deaver: Reading, On-Stage Interview, and Signing

Speaker Bio

Current as of October 6, 2015

Philip F. Deaver is an American author and poet. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Tuscola, Illinois, the oldest of two children. He has lived in Florida since 1984, and since 1998 has been writer in residence and a professor of English at Rollins College.

Many of his stories, published widely in literary magazines, are set in Douglas County, Illinois.

In 1986, Philip became the 13th winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, resulting in the publication of his collection Silent Retreats, re-released in paperback by the University of Georgia Press in the spring of 2008. He is the author of a collection of poetry, How Men Pray (Anhinga Press, 2005). He co-edited an anthology of writing from central Florida entitled Orlando Group and Friends(Arbiter, 1998) and was the editor of an anthology of creative nonfiction essays on baseball, Scoring From Second: Writers on Baseball.

Deaver writes a blog, Long Pine Limited, on the art and craft of literary fiction.

In the fall of 2015, Barrow Press will publish Forty Martyrs, which follows the intertwining lives of a psychologist, his wife, his lover, his lover’s husband, and his lover’s own paramour in the small town of Tuscola, Illinois. Deaver’s natural storytelling voice draws readers in with its familiar rhythms. Through narrative shifts in tone, perspective, and time surrounding the book’s major events—a fire and a stabbing—Deaver creates a beautiful symphonic effect, an ode to small towns and Midwestern lives.


February 11, 2016
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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