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Visiting McGee Professor of Creative Writing Will Read from His Works

by Davidson College

Thomas MallonAward-winning writer Thomas Mallon will be giving a reading of his work at Davidson College on Wednesday evening, January 25.

Mallon is the director of creative writing at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., but is spending this spring semester at Davidson as the McGee Professor of Creative Writing, teaching a course in creative nonfiction and an upper-level course on fiction writing.

His reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union 900 Room, and there is no charge to attend. For information call 704-894-2254.

Mallon will read a chapter from his forthcoming book Watergate: A Novel, due out in February. He will also read from his essay "Forty More Years: Nixon and Me," whose title riffs on the chant "Four More Years" often heard during Richard Nixon's 1972 bid for re-election. "In this essay," said Mallon, "I explore the ways Richard Nixon has occupied my imagination in the 40 years since Watergate."

Professor of English Cynthia Lewis, who will be introducing Mallon at the reading, considers Mallon's vast knowledge an asset to his writing. "He just knows so much," she said. "His comprehensive mind wraps itself around a subject and enables him to imagine about it."

Mallon received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University. After teaching at Vassar College in New York for a number of years, he went on to serve as literary editor for Gentleman's Quarterly, where he penned a book column called "Doubting Thomas." Mallon has since written eight novels and numerous works of nonfiction. His books often explore political or historical subjects, from the Kennedy assassination in Mrs. Paine's Garage to the changing nature of letter writing in Yours Ever: People and Their Letters.

Mallon's work has also appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic Monthly. Mallon's numerous honors include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, an Ingram Merrill Award for outstanding work as a writer, and a National Book Critics' Circle Award for excellence in reviewing. Most recently, Mallon was honored with the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for prose style.

In 2002, Mallon was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, which he did until 2005. He then served a year as Deputy Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.