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Contact: Teresa S. Thomas
412-268-3580

For immediate release:
February 25, 2002

Mystery and Crime Writer James Crumley Featured At Carnegie Mellon's Adamson Writing Awards May 3

PITTSBURGH—James Crumley, author of six crime novels and most recently, Bordersnakes, will be the guest speaker for Carnegie Mellon's annual Adamson Awards on Friday, May 3.

The Adamson Awards honors student writers. Crumley's reading and the awards presentation begin at 8 p.m. in the Adamson Wing, Baker Hall, on the Carnegie Mellon campus. The event is open to the public.

Crumley, who briefly taught at Carnegie Mellon, was born and raised in Texas. He leads a colorful life punctuated by many interests, including American cinema and country music. Crumley is the self-proclaimed "bastard child of Raymond Chandler - without his books, mine would be totally different."

Crumley taught as a visiting writer for 15 years at several colleges and universities, including teaching for about one year at Carnegie Mellon. During and following his time teaching, Crumley wrote a mystery series about a detective Milo Milodragovitch. This series of crime novels (The Wrong Case, The Last Good Kiss, and Dancing Bear) is his most famous work.

Crumley has been praised for the style of his hard-boiled crime novels. "[They turn] the genre on its head by creating an antiheroic protagonist plagued by the weakness and vice of the corrupt world in which he lives ... Crumley's detectives are curiously amoral moralists," writes Robert E Bukholders in the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook.

Crumley, age 62, continues to write long and short fiction and screenplays at his home in Montana.

He earned his bachelor's degree in history from Texas A&I and his master of fine arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. His thesis was published as the novel, One to Count Cadence, a critically acclaimed account of the Vietnam War.

The Pauline B. Adamson Fund generously underwrites the Adamson Visiting Writers Series. For more information about James Crumley's visit and the writers' series, contact Carnegie Mellon's English Department at 412-268-2850.

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