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Leyburn Library’s Author Talk Series features Chris Gavaler and Lesley Wheeler

Chris Gavaler, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, and Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at W&L, will discuss their latest books on March 15 at 5 p.m. in the Book Nook in Washington and Lee University’s Leyburn Library.

The event is part of the University Library’s Author Talk Series and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Gavaler’s latest book is “On the Origin of Superheroes: From the Big Bang to Action Comics No. 1” (2015) and Wheeler’s most recent book of poems is “Radioland” (2015).

Gavaler is the author of “School for Tricksters” (2011) and “Pretend I’m Not Here” (2002). He has written 17 academic publications including book chapters and scholarly articles, and 44 literary publications including short stories and creative non-fiction. He has also written for stage and film.

Gavaler has won numerous awards and honors including Outstanding Playwright Award from the Pittsburgh New Works Festival in 2015, 2009, 2008 and 2007; Best American Short Stories of 2009; and four nominations for a Pushcart Prize.

In addition to “Radioland,” Wheeler has written six books of poetry and two scholarly books, including “The Receptionist and Other Tales” (2012); “Heterotopia” (2012); and “Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present” (2008). She’s the author of 27 essays and book chapters and 110 published poems.

Wheeler has won numerous awards and honors for her work. In 2012, she also won an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.