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April 08, 2013
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Nancy Huddleston Packer to read from her works for Huntingdon's Jimmy Loeb Literary Series

 Montgomery, Ala.—Stanford University Professor of English Emerita Nancy Huddleston Packer will read from her new collection of stories for Huntingdon College's Jimmy Loeb Literary Series, Monday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the College's new Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater, Cloverdale Campus.  Following the reading, Ms. Packer and Huntingdon President J. Cameron West will lead a discussion with the audience onNancy Huddleston Packer the subject, "Writing About Women: Then and Now."  The program is free and open to the public. 

Packer is the author of five short story collections: Small Moments (1976), which received the Commonwealth Club of California Award; In My Father's House: Tales of an Unconformable Man (1988); The Women Who Walk (1989); Jealous-Hearted Me (1997), which received the Alabama Library Association Award; and Old Ladies (2012).  Her stories have been widely anthologized, including in O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Stories.  She has also co-authored several textbooks on writing.  

As the daughter of U.S. Representative George Huddleston, Packer spent her summers in Birmingham and the rest of the year living in Washington, D.C., until she was 12, when the family relocated to Birmingham year-round.  She remained in the area through high school and her undergraduate years at Birmingham-Southern College, then completed a master's degree in theology at the University of Chicago.  Her first national publication was the short story, "Povera Baby," in the October 1953 issue of Harper's Magazine.  In 1958, she moved to California with her new husband, Herbert Packer, a Stanford University law professor.  There, she received a Wallace Stegner Writing Fellowship and subsequently joined the Stanford English Department faculty.  She served as Director of Creative Writing and as Director of Freshman English and retired in 1993 as the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor in the Humanities.  

Herbert Packer, who died in 1972, authored several important legal works, including The Limits of Criminal Sanction, which is still used in law schools.  The Packers passed along their writing skills to their children, who have made names in the writing world, as well.  Daughter Ann Packer is a novelist and short story writer and son George Packer is a staff writer with The New Yorker.  

Huntingdon College has a 158-year commitment to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. The College's motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is engraved in stone above the door of Huntingdon's historic Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has for three years been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contribution to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges.

Huntingdon's Cultural and Community Events series is co-sponsored by Baptist Health.  


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