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Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry to receive Cooper Medal in Columbia



USC’s Thomas Cooper Society will honor Larry McMurtry, the award–winning author, essayist, and screenwriter, with its Cooper Medal during the society’s annual dinner and general meeting starting at 6 p.m., April 21 at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library.

McMurtry is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Lonesome Dove and more than 50 other works.

McMurtry is also slated to meet with students during his visit to the University.

Tickets for the event for Thomas Cooper Society members and their guests are $50 per person and $60 for non–members. The deadline for registration is April 18. To purchase tickets, contact Zella Hilton at 7-5487 or

Also, a top dealer in rare natural history prints will discuss the value of illustrations by John James Audubon and Mark Catesby Tuesday, April 19, at 5 p.m. in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina.

The talk by W. Graham Arader III, who has 35 years experience working with major auctions, galleries, and restoration and framing services, is titled “Valuing Audubon and Catesby: The Importance of the Study of Natural History Illustration.”

Seating is limited. Those interested in attending should contact the library at 803-576-6016 or

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