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Pulitzer Prize-winning author to highlight Literary Festival

Author: Arts and Letters


Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of the best-selling novel “Friday Night Lights,” will be among the distinguished presenters at the 39th annual Notre Dame Literary Festival, taking place at the University from Feb. 13 to 16 (Monday to Thursday).

Bissinger will wrap up the festival on Feb. 16 with a writing workshop at 4p.m. in the Foster Room of the LaFortune Student Center and a lecture that evening at 7 in Washington Hall.

The recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports for the Philadelphia Inquirer on that city’s court system, Bissinger also has written for such publications as Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Published in 1990, “Friday Night Lights” was released in 2004 as a major motion picture.

Joining Bissinger on the festival line-up are novelist and short story writer James Salter, humor and mystery writer Kevin Guilfoile, novelist Tasha Alexander, slam poet Saul Williams, and poet/playwright Rane Arroyo.

A complete schedule of events is available at on the Web.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Student Union Board in conjunction with the Creative Writing Program, Department of English and the Institute for Latino Studies, the literary festival has a national reputation for attracting distinguished authors, including past participants Gwendolyn Brooks, Joseph Heller, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Kurt Vonnegut and Tennessee Williams.

Originally published by Julie Flory at on February 03, 2006.