A.S. Byatt, formidable literary figure in England and best-seller in the United States since 1990, will read as part of the University of Richmond’s Writers Series, Oct. 14, 8 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room. The annual series is designed to expose students and the university community to living writers.

Byatt’s writing has captured many awards, and she remains a respected and regular literary critic for many British and American newspapers. In 1999, Byatt was honored as Dame of the British Empire, recognizing her work as a writer and her valued contributions to British culture.

Byatt’s best-selling novel “Possession: A Romance,” the story of a clandestine love affair between two Victorian writers and the two modern-day academics who unearth their secret, won the Booker Prize. Her latest novel, “The Children’s Book,” was published in October. It spans the end of the Victorian era through the Edwardian era and into World War I.

All programs in the Writers Series are free and open to the public. For more information, call 804-289-8287. For directions to campus, visit www.richmond.edu/visit/directions.html.