posted January 13, 2003

VWS Features Author Peter Ho Davies Jan. 28

The Hope College Visiting Writers Series will feature Peter Ho Davies on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Peter Ho Davies is the author of several short stories, and two collections including "Equal Love" and "The Ugliest House in the World." His work has been anthologized in "The Best American Short Stories," and Davies received the O. Henry short story award in 1998, as well as fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.

His work has appeared in "The Atlantic," "Harpers," "Granta," "The Paris Review," "Ploughshares," "Story," The Washington Post," and "The Chicago Tribune," among others.

"The Ugliest House in the World" was awarded the John Llewelyn Rhys and PEN/Macmillan Prizes in the UK as well as the H.L. Davis Oregon Book Award in the United States.

"Equal Love" was a finalist for the 2000 "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize and named a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year.

Born to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies grew up in Britain before moving to the United States. In his writing he explores his Welsh, Chinese, Malaysian (his Chinese mother was raised in a Malaysian community), and American identities.

Davies holds bachelor's degrees in both physics and English from the University of Manchester in England, and an M.A. in creative writing from Boston University.

Davies now resides in Ann Arbor, where he teaches in the English graduate program at the University of Michigan. Previously, he taught at the University of Oregon and at Emory University.

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will perform prior to the reading, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 East 8th St. in downtown Holland.