2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Reading

University of Pittsburgh Presents the Drue Heinz Literature Prize Reading

Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
O’Hara Student Center
4024 O’Hara St.
Pittsburgh, PA  15213

Free, open to the public
Followed by book signing


Melissa Yancy

Melissa Yancy

Author of Dog Years
Winner of the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Richard Russo

Photo by Elena Seibert

Richard Russo

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Everybody’s Fool

Melissa Yancy Dog Years Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Dog Years

Melissa Yancy

“Yancy breaks through her characters’ surfaces of isolation and pretense to explore the uncharted yet universal depths of human emotion. Opening with the title story, a vignette about a couple, both geneticists, grappling with their son’s muscular dystrophy in the midst of their own professional research on the subject, the author focuses on subjects that walk a fascinating line between deeply private struggle and performative interactions with the outside world. Her characters are wrapped up in their own lives, defined in some way by a significant but not all-encompassing facet of themselves until they are shaken from their complacency. . . . All these stories, many of which center on the medical industry, are meticulously wrapped up in layers of interiority, awareness of the outside gaze, and what it means to straddle the public and the private. The author’s characters are deeply flawed but not irredeemable; they are delightfully and infuriatingly human, sympathetic without invoking pity, and complex without being inscrutable. Subtle but powerful, this collection is a moving portrait of what it means to be seen and to see ourselves.”—Kirkus Reviews

University of Pittsburgh Press

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