Conference on World Affairs

Athenaeum Series Hosts Award-Winning Author Jim Shepard

The University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs Athenaeum will host a free public talk, "Roman Polanski's Chinatown and the End of the American Empire" with author Jim Shepard on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the UMC Center Ballroom.

Shepard is the author of six novels and four story collections, including the forthcoming You Think That's Bad. His third collection, Like You'd Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.

Shepard's novel Project X won both the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction and the ALEX Award from the American Library Association. Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, the New Yorker and Playboy, as well as other journals. He was also a film columnist for the magazine The Believer.

The CWA Athenaeum Series is a student-run offshoot of the Conference on World Affairs that brings acclaimed lecturers to campus to interact in public forums and with CU students in classes throughout the academic year. Past visitors have included Julia Sweeney, Terry Jones and Matt Taibbi. CWA Athenaeum public lectures are free of charge.