tc boyleSan Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – Multi-award-winning novelist and “short-storyista” T.C. BOYLE will discuss his extensive career and the immense joy he finds while creating his work during AN AFTERNOON WITH T.C. BOYLE, Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Audiences can look forward to an exclusive reading of his latest work when the author performs a new soon-to-be-published story that will remind us all of the elemental pleasure of hearing a single voice in a darkened auditorium, taking us to new places.

A prolific writer, Coraghessan “T.C.” Boyle is the author of 26 books of fiction, including “After the Plague” (2001), “Drop City” (2003), “The Inner Circle” (2004), “Tooth and Claw” (2005), “The Human Fly” (2005), “Talk Talk” (2006), “The Women” (2009), “Wild Child” (2010), “When the Killing’s Done” (2011), “San Miguel” (2012), “T.C. Boyle Stories II” (2013), “The Harder They Come” (2015) and most recently, 2016’s “The Terranauts.”

Boyle received a Ph.D. degree in 19th Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978, where he is a Distinguished Professor of English.

His work has been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages and his stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta and McSweeney’s. Boyle has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year (“World’s End,” 1988); the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story (“T.C. Boyle Stories,” 1999); and the Prix Médicis Étranger for best foreign novel in France (“The Tortilla Curtain,” 1997).

HOSTED ARTIST MEET & GREET: For an additional $40 added to any ticket, patrons can attend a VIP pre-show meet & greet reception with the author, beginning at 1:30 p.m., prior to the 3 p.m. curtain. The reception will include light refreshments, beverages and wine. All reception proceeds will benefit the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $16-$45 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus; by phone at 805/756-4849; online at

Co-presented by the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries

Sponsored by Thom Brajkovich & Mary Kay Harrington, KVEC 920 AM, New Times

Additional support provided by the City of San Luis Obispo