E. L. Doctorow, considered one of the America’s greatest authors, will be guest of the Kentucky Author Forum on February 28, 2001 in Louisville. Doctorow will discuss his new book City of God.(Plume)

Highly regarded as a novelist and playwright, Doctorow is known for his serious philosophical probings. The New York author’s works have been published in 30 languages. In addition to the National Book Award, his honors include two National Book Critics Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the presidentially-conferred National Humanities Medal.

Doctorow, a prolific writer, was made famous by his 1975 novel Ragtime,which went on to become a Broadway play (Tony Award), as well as a film in which James Cagney played his last role.

In the City of God Doctorow creates a collage of memories, events, visions and provocative thought, all centered on an idea of the modern reality of God. He employs a multivoiced narrative that captures the riffs and rhythms of latter-day New York and encompasses a cast of characters: scientists, war veterans, prelates, Holocaust survivors, cabinet members, theologians, filmmakers and crooners. Critics acclaim City of God a monumental work of spiritual reflection, philosophy and history.

Other noted works from one of America’s preeminent novelists and chroniclers includes Billy Bathgate. This and other novels reveal his talent and signature skill in his unusual use of historical figures in fictional works.

The forum will enable audiences to hear first hand from the author that The New York Times Book Review calls “unequaled in his ability to breathe life into inert images and fading monuments of the past.”

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At the evening forum, Doctorow will be interviewed by Christopher Lydon, the host of “The Connection” on WBUR Boston, heard locally on WFPL 89.3 FM (Public Radio Partnership). Lydon has been a distinctive voice in print, television and radio journalism for more than 30 years.