2019 Literary Awards

The DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH at Purdue University is pleased to announce that author Colson Whitehead will be our distinguished guest speaker for the 2019 Literary Awards celebration, which will take place on April 11, 2019.

The following events are planned:

April 11, 4:30 pm - Anniversary Drawing Room, Lafayette Room, PMU. Private Reception.

April 11, 5:30 pm - North Ballroom, PMU. Literary Awards Banquet. The Banquet includes dinner, the Literary Awards ceremony and remarks from Mr. Whitehead about the creative process. 

April 11, 8:00 pm - Fowler Hall, STEW. Mr. Whiteadhead reading and book signing. Free and open to the public.

2018 Literary Awards

Author Emily St. John Mandel was our distinguished guest speaker for the 2018 Literary Awards celebration on April 19, 2018.

Pictures from the event can be viewed and downloaded from the following sites:

High School Reception

College Reception

Banquet and Ceremony


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