Lookout Authors Edith Pearlman and John Rybicki to Read April 15 at UNC Wilmington

Lookout Books, the literary imprint of University of North Carolina Wilmington

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Edith Pearlman, award-winning author of Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories, will join a celebration of Lookout Books and the literary journal Ecotone at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 in the Azalea Coast Room, located on the second floor of the Fisher University Union on the campus of University of North Carolina Wilmington. The reading also features Lookout's debut poet John Rybicki, whose collection When All the World Is Old will be released April 10. This event is free and open to all.

Lookout Books, the literary imprint of the UNCW Department of Creative Writing, grew out of a collaboration between The Publishing Laboratory, UNCW's teaching press, and Ecotone, the department's award-winning national literary magazine.

Pearlman, the imprint's debut author,  has published more than 250 works in national magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize, as well as three previous collections. She achieved international recognition with the publication of Binocular Vision. Featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, Binocular Vision was also the first book to win the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and The Story Prize the same year. Pearlman was also the 2011 recipient of both the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of short fiction and the Wallant Award for fiction considered to have significance for the American Jew.

"This is historic," says Philip Gerard, chair of the UNCW Department of Creative Writing. "This tells us that Lookout Books and The Publishing Laboratory have redefined what a small press can do."

Lookout's first poet, John Rybicki, is the author of two previous collections, We Bed Down into Water and Traveling at High Speeds. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Ecotone and Bomb, among many others, and have been reprinted in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize. His newest offering, When All the World Is Old, pays homage to the love he and his wife, the late poet Julie Moulds, shared during her sixteen-year struggle with cancer and praises the nurses, doctors and friends who helped them. Braided with intimate entries from Moulds's journal, these poems are an unflinching and lyric autobiography of a man hurtling himself headlong into the fire and emerging, somehow, to offer a portrait of light and grace.

This event is one of more than 40 that are planned throughout the month of April in honor of the installation of UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary L. Miller. Installation events showcase the diverse extent of teaching, research and service underway at UNCW, with involvement by numerous students, faculty and staff members. Miller will be officially installed as the fourth chancellor of UNCW on April 20.

The creative writing department will sponsor a coffee-and-dessert reception and book signing following the reading. Attendees are invited to the Clock Tower Lounge, located on the second floor of the Fisher Student Center, to meet the authors and Chancellor and Mrs. Miller.

For further information on UNCW's programs and events in creative writing, please contact the Department of Creative Writing at 910.962.7063.