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KNOXVILLE — Austrian writer Lilian Faschinger, winner of the prestigious Glauser Prize for her recent crime novel, will speak and read from her works during a visit April 24-25 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Faschinger will visit German classes, speak at the awards program for the German Studies Program and meet participants of a colloquy on Faschinger’s novel “Magdalena Sünderin” (Magdalena the Sinner). The public is invited to some of the events.

Faschinger’s 2007 novel “Stadt der Verlierer” (Town of Losers) this month won the Glauser Prize, the top literary award for crime fiction in German.

Since 1998, she has held several writer-in-residence positions at colleges and universities in the U.S., including Dartmouth College, Washington University, Bowling Green State University and Dickinson College.

The following is a schedule of events. Those open to the public are noted.

Thursday, April 24

• Visit with classes taught by Stefanie Ohnesorg, chair of the German Studies Program, 12:40 p.m.

• German Honors and Awards Event, 6 p.m., McClung Museum. Faschinger will read from her works. The event and reading will be held in English. A reception sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences will follow. This event is open to the public.

Friday, April 25

• Meeting with participants of the Literary Colloquy “Murder, She Wrote,” noon-1:30 p.m., Faculty Lounge in Hodges Library.

• Meet the Author, 1:30-3 p.m., Faculty Lounge in Hodges Library. This event is open to the public.

Faschinger’s visit is made possible in part by a grant from “Ready for the World: The International and Intercultural Awareness Initiative,” which involves increasing the diversity among students, faculty and staff; infusing the curriculum with international and intercultural content; expanding study-abroad and work-study opportunities; and encouraging students to take advantage of all of these opportunities. Co-sponsors include the Bill and Donna Cobble Fund for the Enrichment of Undergraduate German Studies, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of English, International House, UT Libraries, Department of Religious Studies and Department of Classics.


Stefanie Ohnesorg, (865) 974-7098,

Maria Stehle, (865) 974-7001,

Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,