The Edward C. and Mary S. Peple Lecture

32nd Annual Edward C. & Mary S. Peple Lecture featuring Maggie Shipstead

Photo of Mary Shipstead
  • Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m.
  • In person at the Jepson Alumni Center Pavilion
  • Online registration Required - Register Here
  • Great Circle will be available for sale at the event. A book signing will follow Shipstead’s talk.

Maggie Shipstead is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Seating Arrangements, Astonish Me, and Great Circle, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her writing has appeared in many places, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside, The Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Sports Writing. In 2012 and 2018, she was a National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. She lives in Los Angeles.


The Edward C. and Mary S. Peple Lectureship on Libraries and Information Science brings to the University of Richmond visiting scholars to speak about issues relating to the library, publications, and related matters among the entire University community. Students will receive an added dimension to their educational experience at the University, and other members of the University of Richmond faculty and the local community will benefit from the expertise of their presentations.

As founders and charter members of The Friends of Boatwright Memorial Libraries, both Ed and Mary served several terms on the executive council and helped organize and chair the first Book Sale in 1979 and for many years after. In recognition of their many contributions, the Friends made the lecture series possible in 1989 with an initial endowment gift of $10,000. It has since increased as a result of earnings and additional contributions to the endowment.

Dr. Peple's ties to the University of Richmond go back to his days as an undergraduate at Richmond College, where he was a member of the class of 1932. He went on to Harvard University, where he received a master's degree in 1934 and a doctorate in 1936. After teaching at Wells College, he returned to the University of Richmond in 1937 to teach English. He served as dean of the Graduate School from 1965-74 and as associate provost from 1974-78.

He retired in 1978 as professor of English, emeritus, but maintained close ties to the University of Richmond through his work as a member of the University of Richmond Board of Associates and active involvement in the Friends of the Boatwright Memorial Library.

Mary Peple passed away on March 9, 2003. Ed followed her on August 2, 2005.