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St. John’s College presents Award-Winning Writer Téa Obreht

Originally Posted on admin, April 3, 2014


SANTA FE — Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife, will read from her work and talk about her life as a writer on Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall at St. John’s College.

The Tiger’s Wife is an award-winning novel about history, culture, storytelling, mysticism, and family. The novel takes place in an unnamed Balkan country still feeling the ravages of civil war. The protagonist, Natalia, a doctor on her way to a remote village to administer vaccines at an orphanage, calls her family and finds out that her grandfather has just died while on an unexplained trip far from home.

Tea Obreht was born in 1985, in the former Yugoslavia, and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt before immigrating to the United States in 1997. Due to so much moving around, Obreht skipped two grades and ended up at the University of Southern California at age 16. She then earned a graduate degree in creative writing from Cornell University. Obreht’s writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading. For her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, she won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has been named by The New Yorker as one of the 20 best American fiction writers under 40, and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of Five under 35. Obreht lives in Ithaca, New York.

The lecture is presented by the Francis W. and Carol J. Worrell Charitable Remainder Unitrust. Carol was an avid reader of literature of all kinds, and Francis chose to honor her by establishing the Carol J. Worrell Annual Lecture Series on Literature. The lecture is free and open to the public. St. John’s College is located at 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca. The Great Hall is located in the Peterson Student Center. For more information call (505) 984-6000.