The Anne and Edgar Basse Jr. Author Talk Series showcases the creative and scholarly works produced by members of the Washington and Lee University community. During each installment of this series, held within Leyburn Library, a W&L author speaks about a recently published monographic work, fields audience questions, and is available to sign copies of the discussed book.
Author talk speakers are encouraged to discuss their work as they see fit. Past lectures have included discussions of the research and publication process, readings from published texts, and even dramatic performances. Talks typically last 45 minutes to one hour.
The University Library serves as more than just the host of this series. W&L authors heavily utilize library services when preparing manuscripts–often using books, articles, inter-library loan services, librarian expertise, and more during the writing and research process. After publication, the library also preserves copies of these works in our Faculty Publications Collection, housed in Special Collections & Archives.
This connection between university scholarship and its ultimate preservation in Special collections is why the Anne and Edgar Basse Jr. Endowment serves as the perfect sponsor for this series. The fund was created in 1988 to support the varied activities of the University’s Special Collections and Archives—including authorial book signings.