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Author Ellis Avery will present a lecture entitled “The Last Nude,”tomorrow (February 22) at 3:30 p.m. in Regis Room South.  The event is free and open to the public.

Avery is the author of two novels and a memoir, most recently The Last Nude (Riverhead 2012), inspired by the art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, which has received excellent reviews from The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Vogue, O:The Oprah Magazine, and NPR.

Avery’s first novel, The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead 2006), is set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan.  The Teahouse Fire won Lambda, Ohioana and American Library Association awards, and was translated into five languages.  Avery is also the author of The Smoke Week (Gival 2003), an award-winning 9/11 memoir.  She teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures and the Women’s Studies Program.  For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, at Ext. 2408 or at

Submitted by:  Deanna N. Pavone, administrative associate, modern languages, literatures & cultures