The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin presents acclaimed author T. C. Boyle at the University’s Avaya Auditorium on Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with The Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) public forum, exploring the placement of environmentalism within the humanities. Boyle will be reading a fictional work rooted in the environmentalist themes presented by the TILTS symposium.
Boyle is no stranger to dark humor and complex characters, embracing a wide array of social issues in his writing. Interweaving social commentary with richly developed stories and engaging anti-heroes, Boyle utilizes literature both to educate and entertain.
Boyle is the author of numerous collections of short stories as well as 25 novels, including the 1988 winner of the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year World’s End. Among his other accolades are the PEN/Malamud prize for short story, the Prix Medicis Etranger, the Henry David Thoreau Award for excellence in nature writing, and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2009.
The Ransom Center has been home to Boyle’s archive since 2012. Read Boyle’s essay on the process of transferring his records to the Ransom Center after years of storing them in the basement of his house.