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James Salter, one of the last men standing from the grand postwar era of American novelists, is the first Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. What this means for fiction fans in the Charlottesville area is three opportunities in October to see Salter speak on the craft of writing. The first lecture will be Thursday, October 9. Two more lectures will follow on the 14th and the 27th. Each event is at 6:00 p.m. in UVa's Special Collections Auditorium. On November 11 at 5:00 p.m. Salter will give a fiction reading in Nau Hall. Complete details on all events may be found here.
Richard Ford once rather famously remarked, "It is an article of faith among readers of fiction that James Salter writes American sentences better than anybody writing today." You may read an excellent profile of Salter here.