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February 2004

Release Date: February 16, 2004

Versatile Author Hedges to Discuss Career during Kelton Conference

Versatile writer Peter Hedges, who has succeeded as a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director, will be the featured author during the Eighth Annual Angelo State University Writers Conference in honor of Elmer Kelton Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28.

Hedges, best known for his first novel What's Eating Gilbert Grape, the basis of the movie by the same name, has received critical acclaim for his novels as well as three screenplay adaptations, including Nick Hornby's About a Boy, which received nominations for outstanding screenwriting from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He will talk during an hour-long interview at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, to be followed by a 6 p.m. showing of his film Pieces of April at Premiere Southwest 7 Cinema at 3598 Knickerbocker. Hedges will deliver the featured address at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the University Auditorium. His books will be available to buy during a booksigning after his talk.

Joining Hedges as major conference speakers will be authors Terry Dalrymple, Wendy Barker and R.S. Gwynn as well as some 25 other writers from throughout the state and region. All programs except for Hedges' Friday speech will be in the Davidson Conference Center.

Hedges novels, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and An Ocean in Iowa, have been published in 15 languages. His screenplay credits include Jane Hamilton's A Map of the World and Lauren Weissberger's The Devil Wears Prada. He made his directing debut with Pieces of April, which earned him designation as one of "10 Directors to Watch" for 2003 by Variety magazine. His plays Baby Anger, Good as New and Imagining Brad have all been published by Dramatists Play Service.

Featured writers Dalrymple, the John S. Cargile Professor in English at ASU, and Gwynn of the Lamar University English faculty, will open the conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Barker, professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will speak at 9 a.m. Friday.

Featured writers Dalrymple, the John S. Cargile Professor in English at ASU, and Gwynn of the Lamar University English faculty, will open the conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Barker, professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will speak at 9 a.m. Friday.

The conference is hosted by the ASU English Department and sponsored by ASU in Cooperation with the Texas Commission on the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Writers' League of Texas with donations from College Bookstores of America, ASU Alumni Association and Guy and Eva Choate.

For more information or tickets to the Feb. 26 showing of Pieces of April, call John Wegner at (325) 942-2281, Ext. 223.