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Tobias Wolff

Award-winning author of memoirs "This Boy's Life" and "Old School," Tobias Wolff will read and discuss his works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theater, 201 S. Mountain Ave.

Wolff is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the School of Humanities at Stanford University. He was invited to speak in Southern Oregon as part of the Chautauqua Poets and Writers series. The group brings distinguished writers to the area to discuss their work with students and the public.

Wolff has received numerous awards for his work, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letter, the PEN/Malamud and Rea Award for excellence in the short story and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

"This Boy's Life," published in 1989, was made into a movie starring Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin and Leonardo DiCaprio. His memoir, "In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War," recalls his experiences in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He has won wide acclaim for novels such as "The Barracks Thief" and numerous short stories.

After serving in Vietnam, Wolff attended Oxford University in England, where he received an honors degree in English in 1972. Three years later, he won a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in creative writing at Stanford University.

Tickets to the reading are $25 for patrons of the series, $15 general admission and $12 for students. Tickets are available at Grilla Bites in Medford, Bloomsbury Books in Ashland and online at www.ChautauquaWriters.com. Call 482-8771, ext. 197.

Chautauqua Poets and Writers will present award-winning author Tobias Wolf at Ashland High School. - Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Poets and Writers