Fall 2008, Vol. 17, No. 1 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Roy Blount, Jr. to Present Harry C. Howard, Jr. Lecture

Roy Blount Jr.

Roy Blount, Jr., acclaimed author, humorist, and Vanderbilt alumnus (B.A. 1963) will present this year’s Harry C. Howard, Jr. lecture at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2008.

Blount is the author of twenty books that cover wide-ranging topics such as rambles in New Orleans, to the thoughts of barnyard animals, to hanging out with the Pittsburg Steelers. His latest work, which will be published this fall by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, is entitled Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory.

Blount’s career is as diverse as his subjects. He is a contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly, a regular guest on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” a columnist for Oxford American, the president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders.

More information on the location and the title of Blount’s lecture will be available on the Warren Center’s website closer to the date of his talk.

The Harry C. Howard, Jr. Lecture Series was established in 1994 through the endowment of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Nash, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. George D. Renfro, all of Asheville, North Carolina. The lecture honors Harry C. Howard, Jr. (B.A. 1951) and allows the Warren Center to bring an outstanding scholar to Vanderbilt annually to deliver a lecture on a significant topic in the humanities.

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