An Evening with Laurie Lynn Drummond

Critically acclaimed author Laurie Lynn Drummond will give a free reading Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Mark O. Hatfield Library's Hatfield Room at Willamette University.

Drummond's first book, "Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You," explores the lives of five female police officers in Baton Rouge, La. The fictional stories come from Drummond's experience working as a police officer for the Baton Rouge Police Department in the 1980s.

USA Today called the collection "riveting" and said Drummond "makes all of the crime novels and television shows seem like amateur guesswork." The book is "so compelling that it's difficult to stop reading."

The New Orleans Times-Picayune said Drummond had authored "unforgettable, beautifully written stories."

"Anything You Say" was a finalist for a PEN/Hemingway Award, and it won a Violet Crown Award and the Jesse Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. One of the stories from the collection, "Something About a Scar," won the 2005 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. The book has been translated and published in three languages.

In 2004 Drummond moved to Eugene, Ore., and joined the faculty in the MFA Program at the University of Oregon where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.

Olympia Vernon, current holder of the Hallie Brown Ford Chair of Creative Writing, is the event sponsor.