Author Peter Carey Kicks off the 2010 WAMFEST Schedule

Two-time winner of the Booker Prize

MADISON, NJ (March 16, 2010)— Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey will present with John Wesley Harding on April 7, 2010 at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham at 6 p.m. as part of the 2010 Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST).

Carey is an Australian author and short story writer. He is one of only two authors to receive the Man Booker Prize for Fiction (aka Booker Prize) twice.

"The Booker Prize is the most prestigious novel award in the world, and only one other person, Nobel Prize laureate J.M. Coetzee, has won two of them,” said David Daniel, Director of the Creative Writing Bachelor of Arts at Fairleigh Dickinson and the founder of WAMFEST. “Peter Carey's ‘Parrot and Olivier in America’ is the most highly anticipated novel of the year.  As Mr. Carey rarely makes public appearances, this is a truly extraordinary opportunity to meet one of the greatest living novelists at the very height of his powers." 

Carey won the Booker Prize for his books “Oscar and Lucinda” and “True History of the Kelly Gang.” A prolific writer, Carey has written a total of 11 novels, including his latest “Parrot and Olivier in America”, four works of nonfiction, four short story collections, and one children’s book.

Award-winning poet Tom Sleigh described “Parrot and Olivier in America” in “The New Yorker” as “One of those comic masterpieces that seems effortless while making you realize that Carey writes some of the best sentences in English.”

Carey is currently the executive director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Hunter College (CUNY), a position he has held since 2003. He has also taught at New York University, the New School, Princeton University, and Columbia University’s Barnard College.

Harding is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and novelist. He has released fifteen music albums, ranging in style from folk to pop. Performing under his stage name of John Wesley Harding, he has also written two novels with a third due out this year under his real name, Wesley Stace.

WAMFEST is an annual series hosted by FDU’s Becton College and the Creative Writing Programs. WAMFEST is designed to celebrate the literary quality of popular music and to break down the barriers between the community and academia. It bridges the gap between the literature in universities and the literature of the people. Past guests have included Roseanne Cash, John Wesley Harding, Eugene Mirman, and David Gates.

Carey will read selections from his work and have a discussion with Harding. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. The public is invited to attend this and future WAMFEST events. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The program will be held in Hartman Lounge in Hennessy Hall. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. 07940.

For more information, contact David Daniel at (973) 443-8736 or at

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