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Jane Roberts Wood and Dean Gillian McCombs

Acclaimed novelist Jane Roberts Wood (left), shown with Gillian M. McCombs, Dean and Director of Central University Libraries, read from her latest work, Out the Summerhill Road, at DeGolyer Library November 17. The event, co-sponsored by the Friends of the SMU Libraries, was part of the DeGolyer's sweeping survey of Texas fiction that included an exhibition and programs by Wood and other leading Lone Star authors. Wood, whose lauded novels about life in small-town Texas have become book club classics, has donated her literary archive to SMU. She is a fellow of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.