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FAU Presents Lecture on Independent Publishing

BOCA RATON (October 25, 2011) – The department of English in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents “Against the Tide: Perspectives on Independent Publishing,” an evening with Fiona McCrae, the editorial director of Graywolf Press, on Monday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion of the Student Union of the Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. There will be a question and answer session following the lecture. The presentation is part of “Off the Page: Events for Readers and Writers,” a new series at FAU.

McCrae has been publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994, following 11 years at Faber and Faber where she was a director and executive editor. She began at Faber and Faber, Ltd., in London, where she worked with many authors, including Kazuo Ishiguro, Caryl Phillips and Howard Norman. McCrae then moved to Boston, where she worked with Faber and Faber USA and taught publishing courses at Harvard University and Emerson College. Authors that McCrae has published at Graywolf include Elizabeth Alexander, Charles Baxter, Per Petterson, Salvatore Scibona, Percival Everett and Binyavanga Wainaina. She also currently serves on the board of Books for Africa and is an advisor for Open Letter Press.

The series is sponsored by FAU’s Department of English, Chris and Lori Fleuhr and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. For more information, call 561-297-2553.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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