CLEARWATER — Named after Edgar Allan Poe, E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow is considered one of the most gifted, prolific and popular American novelists of the second half of the 20th century.
On Friday, the Clearwater Main Library will host a one-hour lecture with the award-winning fiction writer, known for his colorful depictions of American history from the Civil War era to the present. He'll discuss his literary career and take questions from the audience.
Jan Nickols, community services manager for the Clearwater public library system, said the library collaborated with the University of South Florida to bring the noted author to the Tampa Bay area.
"We're thrilled because he's in the unique canon of other literary authors that include Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer and John Updike," she said.
Doctorow's writing career spans nearly four decades and is punctuated with bestsellers like The Book of Daniel, The March, City of God and Ragtime.
Among his honors are the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the National Humanities Medal. He lives and works in New York.
An autograph session follows the lecture, and Barnes & Noble will sell copies of his books.