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Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley to appear at NOVA-Annandale

Jane Smiley, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for her novel “A Thousand Acres” and author of the new bestseller “Private Life,” will speak about her writing on Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. She will be available to sign books after her presentation.

The program is free and open to the public. Visitors without NOVA parking stickers should use the parking garage next to the Cultural Center for $1 per hour. For more information, contact Terry Alford at talford@nvcc.edu or 703-323-3274.

Smiley has written numerous novels including “The Age of Grief,” “The Greenlanders,” “Moo” and “Horse Heaven” and is the author of such nonfiction books as “A Year at the Races” and “Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel.” She has also written essays for Vogue, The New Yorker, Practical Horseman, Harper’s Magazine and Allure.

Smiley was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. In 2006, she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.