Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


October 23, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Literary Festival will feature author and SMU alumnus David Searcy reading from his newly released novel Ordinary Horror on Thursday, Oct. 25. Searcy will read at 8 p.m. in the Varsity of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St. The event is free and open to the public.

SMU’s LitFest, which has been an annual celebration of writing for the past 26 years, has undergone a change in format from the past. This year’s LitFest will feature one author per month, instead of several authors presenting their work during one week of literary events.

November’s author will be Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States. Pinsky will read selections from his various volumes of poetry at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the McCord Auditorium of Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd.

Past writers who have participated in SMU’s LitFest include John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Walker, and Norman Mailer. The SMU LitFest is one of the oldest student-run literary events in the country and gives the community a unique opportunity to interact with major literary figures.

For more information, visit the Web page at, call student LitFest chair Alison Harper at (214) 768-4466, or send an e-mail to