Writer-in-residence, novelist Madison Smartt Bell, 1995 National Book Award finalist for his novel All Souls’ Rising, gave a reading in Sanders Auditorium.  Heather Appel ‘99, writing about the lecture for The Miscellany News, reported that “Cindy Sherman ’99 enjoyed his straightforward style. ‘By not being flowery, he was able to convey more,’ she said.”

Bell read from his previous work at Vassar in 1987, when his wife, poet Elizabeth Spires ’74, was writer-in-residence.