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  • Joyce Carol Oates to discus latest novel, Mudwoman, with guests on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, The Hay-Adams Author Series will welcome award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most acclaimed writers in the world today, to discuss her latest novel, Mudwoman, while dining with guests at The Top of the Hay, the Hotel’s elegant rooftop spaces overlooking the White House.

    In the recently released Mudwoman, Oates explores the high price of success in the life of one woman, the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution, and her hold upon her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons. Oates, the recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, has also been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

    The author, who has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “a fearless writer… with her brave heart and her impossible lush and dead-on imaginative powers,” has written the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Kay Enokido, President of The Hay-Adams, will host the event, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enokido created the Author Series to recognize the country’s greatest writers and to bring back a tradition started by John Hay and Henry Adams, whose houses sat at the site of the Hotel. Marie Arana, Washington Post’s Writer at Large and member of the Scholars’ Council at the Library of Congress, will co-host the event.


    Tickets are $85 and include a three-course meal, wine, tax and gratuity. Mudwoman will also be available to purchase at the event. For tickets and more information, visit www.hayadams.com and click on Author Series, or call 202.220.4844.

    About The Hay-Adams Author Series

    The Hay-Adams Author Series, launched in 2005, renews a tradition that began in the late 1800s when such notable authors as Mark Twain and Edith Wharton gathered at the homes of John Hay and Henry Adams (now the site of The Hay-Adams) to discuss politics, art and literature. Combining lively conservation, an unparalleled location, and fine food and drink, the tradition lives on with some of the most distinguished authors of today. Previous authors include Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, Marie Arana, Robert Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Jenna Bush, Ron Chernow, John Feinstein, John Grisham, Tony Horwitz, Marcus Mabry, David McCullough, Robert Merry, Toni Morrison, and Patricia O’Toole.

    About The Hay-Adams

    Located at Sixteenth and H Streets at Lafayette Park across from the White House, The Hay-Adams is Washington’s finest luxury hotel and one of the most historic and celebrated properties in the world. The Hotel offers 145 rooms and suites, many with White House views. It has won numerous awards for its impeccable service and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, an exclusive group of discriminating luxury hotels worldwide. For more information, visit www.hayadams.com.