Chapel Hill author Elizabeth Spencer has written over a dozen collections of short stories and novels. She has received five O. Henry Awards, has been published for over four decades in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and The Southern Review, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been compared to Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty, and is known for classic stories like "First Dark," "The Finder," and "Light in the Piazza." She has been called "a late-20th-century Henry James." Reynolds Price said of her writing that she is "a kind of smiling Sybil, unafraid of her news." What more is there to say, except to go hear her read Tuesday, Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m. at the Bull's Head Bookshop at UNC-Chapel Hill (call 962-5060 for details) or Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. at McIntyre's Fine Books in Fearrington Village. Call 542-3030 for details.