University of Rochester

EVENT: Reading by novelist and short story writer David Leavitt

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Lander Auditorium of Hutchison Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

October 9, 2007

Author David Leavitt has written many novels and short stories, including The Lost Language of Cranes and While England Sleeps, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times fiction prize. His work has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. In 2002, he wrote Florence, A Delicate Case as part of the Bloomsbury series "The Writer and the City." He also is editor of Subtropics, a new literary magazine.

A graduate of Yale University, Leavitt is now professor of English at the University of Florida at Gainesville. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute of Catalan Letters in Barcelona, Spain. He also was named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. His latest novel, which is his 12th work of fiction, is The Indian Clerk, published by Bloomsbury USA this fall.

The Plutzik Reading Series was started in 1962 in honor of the poet and University of Rochester faculty member Hyam Plutzik to offer the Rochester community readings by the finest contemporary literary artists. Leavitt's appearance is part of the Meliora Weekend, which blends traditional events such as class reunions, family weekend, and homecoming with a variety of lectures, panel discussions, and performances.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Department of English at (585) 275-9255 or visit