Award-winning author in disability arts to share perspectives with book reading

October 15, 2009 | Events, UToday
By Staff



For author Anne Finger, perspective can change everything.

In her award-winning collection of short fiction titled Call Me Ahab, Finger retells the stories of various historical and literary icons, each disabled in some way, from a new perspective. From David and Goliath through the eyes of the Philistines to Moby Dick as Ahab saw it, each of Finger’s tales challenges long-held understandings and beliefs about one’s own body.

On Monday, Oct. 19, Finger will be on Main Campus to read an excerpt from her collection. The event, sponsored by the Disability Studies Program, will start at 4 p.m. in the Horton International House Multipurpose Room on the sixth floor.

Dr. Jim Ferris, Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, director of the UT Disability Studies Program and associate professor of communication, said Finger’s work nudges people to take a new perspective.

“In re-imagining iconic stories, Anne invites us to re-imagine the world,” Ferris said. “She is a wonderful storyteller. It’s no wonder she is a leader in the blossoming disability arts movement.”

Finger is the winner of the Prairie Schooner Prize in Fiction, and has taught creative writing at Wayne State University and at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the former president of the Society for Disability Studies.

For more information on the free, public program, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244.

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