Pulitzer Prize-winning author to lecture at UM

Tracy Kidder

Missoula Current

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder will give a lecture and a reading at the University of Montana on Friday, March 3.

Kidder’s lecture, titled “Another Set of Eyes,” will take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. At 7 p.m. that same day, Kidder will read from his recent nonfiction work in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Kidder graduated from Harvard and received his MFA from the University of Iowa. He is the author of “Strength in What Remains,” “My Detachment,” “Home Town” and several other books. He won a Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction in 1982 for “The Soul of a New Machine.”

“Our creative writing students are incredibly excited to work with Kidder,” said UM Professor Judy Blunt. “There’s simply no better writer or teacher of narrative nonfiction, no more consummate master of the genre. We are so very fortunate to welcome him to UM.”

Kidder’s visit is sponsored by UM’s Creative Writing Program and the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series. Kidder last visited UM in 2013 to meet with students and deliver a lecture when his book “Mountains Beyond Mountains” was UM’s First-Year Reading Experience.