Mary Karr, elegantly irreverent memoirist, captures a voice that is equal parts faith and cynicism. Her first memoir, The Liars’ Club, won the PEN Martha Albrand Award and held a spot on The New York Times best-seller list for more than a year. The sequel about her adolescence, Cherry, made top best-seller lists and excerpts ran in The New Yorker. Her third memoir, Lit, will be published in 2008. Sinners Welcome (2006) is Karr’s fourth volume of poetry. Karr’s poetry grants include The Whiting Writer’s Award, a National Endowment for the Arts, and Radcliffe Bunting and Guggenheim fellowships. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.
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31st Annual Literary Festival