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Sabina Murray at Writers in the Library, Feb. 6

MurraySabinaSabina Murray will present a reading at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, February 6, at 7 p.m., in the Hodges Library auditorium.

Murray is the author of the novels Forgery, A Carnivore’s Inquiry, and Slow Burn and two short story collections, The Caprices (winner of the 2002 PEN/Faulkner award) and Tales of the New World. Tales of the New World, her most recent collection, reimagines moments in the lives of explorers from Australian Aborigines to Aztec kings. She is also a screenwriter and wrote the script for the film The Beautiful Country (2005), which follows the story of Binh, a young Amerasian man who comes to the U.S. from Vietnam in search of the father he never knew.

Murray has had plenty of international experiences to inform her writing, having lived in Australia and the Philippines for most of her childhood and teenage years.

She currently directs, and teaches in, the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Murray has been a Michener Fellow at UT Austin, a Bunting fellow at Radcliffe, a Guggenheim Fellow, and has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, a University of Massachusetts Research and Creativity Award, and a Fred Brown Award for The Novel from the University of Pittsburgh. The Beautiful Country was nominated for a Golden Bear, and the screenplay was nominated for an Amanda Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

Read a review of Tales of the New World on Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Visit to read more about her work.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Department of English. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (

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