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The Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program

About the Current Stellfox Season

Nick Hornby visits Dickinson as the 2024 recipient of the Stellfox Award.

The Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Writers and Scholars Program presents award-winning author, screenwriter and critic Nick Hornby, who visits Dickinson this spring to serve a Stellfox residency.

Hornby will be presented with this year's Stellfox Award on Feb. 21, 2024, following a public reading on campus. All are then invited to join us for a book signing.

As a prose writer, Hornby is famed for best-sellers that were later adapted into star-studded films. Hornby’s 1992 book Fever Pitch, about the author’s relationship to English football (soccer in the U.S.), garnered the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and was made a Penguin Modern Classic. It was reimagined as a U.K. film starring Colin Firth and later as a 2005 U.S. film headlined by Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. His 1995 cult classic High Fidelity was made into a 2000 movie starring John Cusack, a 2005 Broadway musical and a 2020 Hulu series headlined by Zoe Kravitz. The coming-of-age romance About a Boy (1998) was adapted into a 2002 movie starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult. Additional novels include How to Be Good (2001), which won the W.H. Smith Award for Fiction.

As a screenwriter, Hornby is best known for his adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild and his Oscar-nominated works An Education (2009, original screenplay) and Brooklyn (2015, adaptation). He is also a respected music and book critic and pop-culture writer for The Times Literary Supplement (U.K.) and The New Yorker, among many other publications, and has penned well-received books about music.

Learn more about the Stellfox program.