In 1979 Irving received the American Book Award for The World According to Garp. He has also been honored with a Pushcart Prize and an O. Henry Award for his short story fiction. Noted for his dramatic literary style, which combines humor with violence and tragedy, Irving strives to capture the essence and drama of human life by exaggerating it, sometimes emphasizing its irony through bizarre and morbid events.
On Tuesday, October 27, the Athenaeum hosts a reception and dinner for Irving starting at 5:30 p.m.; Irving's address is in McKenna Auditorium. Sign up for this event by using the coupon in The Fortnightly. On Wednesday, October 28, Irving addresses students at a luncheon sponsored by the CMC English Resources Center. At 4:00 p.m. that afternoon, a reception and discussion with Irving takes place for advanced literature majors and faculty members. Save these dates on your calendar. Return the reservation form as soon as possible. John Irving's visit to CMC is an excellent opportunity to meet a very talented and insightful man.