Award-winning Author Lectures on "The Last Nude"

February 14, 2012


BUFFALO, NY − Canisius College presents “The Last Nude,” a lecture by Ellis Avery, on Wednesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Regis Room South of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

Avery is the author of two novels and a memoir, most recently The Last Nude (Riverhead 2012), inspired by the art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, which has received excellent reviews from The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Vogue, O:The Oprah Magazine, and NPR

Avery’s first novel, The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead 2006), is set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan. The Teahouse Fire won Lambda, Ohioana and American Library Association awards, and was translated into five languages. Avery is also the author of The Smoke Week (Gival 2003), an award-winning 9/11 memoir. She teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures and the Women’s Studies Program. For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, at (716) 888-2408 or

Canisius College is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders – intelligent, caring, faithful individuals – able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, their communities and their service to humanity.