Award winning fiction writer, Tobias Wolff, is coming to Western Wyoming Community College to give readings on September 14th at 12PM and 7PM in Western’s Theater. In preparation for his visit, there will be showings of This Boy’s Life, based upon a memoir of the writer’s early life, followed by discussions, on September 6th and 13th at 7PM on the WWCC campus and September 8th at 7PM at The Broadway Theater.
Wolff is the recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Arts and the 2014 Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement and has been awarded the O. Henry Award three times for best short story in the United States. WWCC English Professor Chris Propst says, “Wolff is one of the members of the pantheon of best American writers in the last thirty years.”
This Boy’s Life stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin, and Robert DeNiro. The film takes place in 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Following the screenings at Western and The Broadway Theater, Western’s English Faculty will hold discussions exploring the film’s messages about overcoming adversity, escapism through imagination, and creating one’s self.
Tobias Wolff will be on campus for both students and community members, giving readings from selections of his work to deepen appreciation of literature and understanding of universal, humanistic ideas. A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Wolff also authored The Barrack’s Thief – which won the PEN/Faulkner Award. According to Propst, “Mr. Wolff is the best and most decorated writer we’ve had at the college in fifteen years and will be a real treasure to listen to. You can find his stories and work in many anthologies that we use in college and high school English classes.”
Western Wyoming Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee and FYE program, Sweetwater BOCES, along with WWCC’s Wesswick Visiting Writers Committee are sponsoring the screenings and readings. These events are free and open to the public. The community is encouraged to attend.
For more information regarding these events, please contact Chris Propst, Associate Professor of English and ESL at Western at email@example.com.