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October 2, 2002 - Aquinas College is pleased to welcome short story writer Peter Carey as part of the 2002/2003 Contemporary Writer Series on Thursday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., in the Aquinas College Wege Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Two of Carey's novels have won the prestigious Booker Prize, True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001 and Oscar and Lucinda in 1988. Carey's novels Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs have all won the Miles Franklin Award. Although Carey is not considered a science fiction writer, his novel Illywhacker won the Ditmar Award for best Australian Science Fiction Novel in 1986 and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel of the year.

Illywhacker, The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith and Jack Maggs all won The Age Book of the Year Award. In 1998, Jack Maggs won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and in 2001 The True History of the Kelly Gang won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and Booker Prize.

In 1997 Oscar and Lucinda was adapted for film. Two of his other works have also been made into films including Bliss (1985), Dead End Drive-In (1986).

For additional information on the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series, visit their Web site.

Consistently ranked one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Aquinas College offers an approach to learning and living that teaches students unlamented ways of seeing the world. Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, the College's Dominican tradition of working, service and lifelong learning remains alive today in a diverse student body. Students from more than 22 states and 15 foreign countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Within six months of graduation, nearly all graduates are in full-time jobs, enrolled in professional schools of law, medicine, or dentistry, or in a master or doctoral program.