Visiting Writers’ Series Presents: Christine Schutt

Christine Schutt will be reading from her most recent publication, Pure Hollywood, Friday, April 27th in the Donaghey Student Center (Ledbetter A), beginning at 2 p.m. Please join us! This event is free and open to the public.

What others have said about Pure Hollywood:

“Nobody writes like Schutt, the National Book Award–finalist author of Florida, and her latest collection is the perfect entry point for readers new to her work…In each of the collection’s 11 stories, Schutt gives readers dissipated women staggering to the brink of sanity, desperate men with foggy intentions, and an eerie atmosphere that radiates menace, sexuality, and murder…Schutt is always in control in this work by an experimental American writer of unparalleled style.”

Publishers Weekly

Christine Schutt is already easily among the liveliest stylists of our time, and these eleven stories prove we ain’t seen nothing yet. Each is a wonder, pickled in her crystalline idiom and cured under her brutal, astonishing wit.”

– Claire Vaye Watkins

“Schutt’s distinct and economic style is on full display throughout this slim collection…. Schutt offers surprising reminders of the ghastly and gruesome that are never too far away….Through this, [she] maintains a dark wit that keeps it buoyant. …Intimate portrayals of darkness told in Schutt’s tight and affecting prose.”

Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Schutt’s short stories portray flawed characters wrestling with resentment, loneliness, and mortality. …Schutt’s restrained, provoking tales hold detailed impressions at arm’s length, as it were, leaving readers to explore life’s uneasy truths viewed through an unrelenting lens.”


Schutt’s stories have appeared in publications such as Harper’s and Oxford American. Among other honors, Schutt has twice won the O. Henry Short Story Prize. Schutt is also the recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowships. Learn more information about Christine Schutt and her work on her author page.

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