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Published: February 08, 2018

Editor of Prisoner's Memoir to Speak at UT on Feb. 16

Yale professor Caleb Smith will give a lecture on his discovery and publication of Austin Reed's prison memoir, The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict (Random House, 2016), as part of The University of Tampa Department of English and Writing's Scholars' Symposia and in conjunction with the Honors Program. This book has been profiled on NPR, in the New York Times and singled out as one of Oprah's favorite books of 2016.

The program will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Crescent Club on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center and is free and open to the public. A book signing and Q-and-A session will follow the program.

Caleb Smith is professor of English and American studies at Yale University. He is the author of The Prison and the American Imagination (Yale University Press, 2009) and The Oracle and the Curse (Harvard University Press, 2013). He has written about literature and the arts for Avidly, Bomb, Paper Monument and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where he is a contributing editor.

For more information, contact Sarah Juliet Lauro, assistant professor of English, at

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