Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
Dorothy Allison, whose best-selling first novel, "Bastard Out of Carolina," was a 1992 National Book Award finalist, will present a reading and talk March 1 at 7 p.m. in Room 10-250.
"Bastard" has appeared in translation in French, German, Greek, Spanish, Norse, Chinese and Italian. A movie version, directed by Angelica Huston, premiered on Showtime in 1996.
Allison's 1998 novel, the critically acclaimed "Cavedweller," was a New York Times bestseller. "Cavedweller" won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for fiction and was a finalist for the Lillian Smith Prize. It is currently being adapted for the stage by Kate Ryna.
Allison also founded the Independent Spirit Award, a prize given each year to an individual whose work with small presses and independent bookstores has helped to sustain those enterprises.
Allison has received numerous awards for her fiction, nonfiction, poems and essays, and stage and screen adaptations of her works have also won honors.
Presented by the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies' Writers' Series, the event is supported by the Angus N. MacDonald Fund. For more information, call x3-7894.