Women authors to discuss religion, works

March 28, 2003

A Georgetown University symposium tomorrow will present four Catholic women writers who will discuss the impact of their religion and heritage on their work.

The symposium, "Catholicism, Ethnicity and American Fiction," will feature talks by Louisa Ermelino, the author of three novels celebrating New York City and her Italian heritage; Maria Amparo Escandon, born and raised in Mexico City and author of Esperanza's Book of Saints; Maureen Howard, author of nine novels and winner of the National Book Critics Award for her autobiography; and Suzanne Strempek Shea, who has written about life in New England in four novels set around her home region of Western Massachusetts.

The symposium, scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be held in the Riggs Library, on the third floor of Healy Hall at Georgetown University, 37th and O streets N.W. in Washington.

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