Dr. Toutonghi Awarded Travel Grant
The William & Mary Libraries have awarded Dr. Pauls Toutonghi a Special Collections Research Travel Grant. This $1,500 award will allow Dr. Toutonghi to spend a week in Williamsburg, Virginia conducting research in the Chapin-Horowitz Dog Book Collection. Associate Professor of English and Creative Writer, Dr. Toutonghi is currently editing a collection of unusual writings about dogs throughout history—reaching all the way back to texts such as The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Mahabharata, both of which feature prominent canine characters. In addition to consulting the collections, while at William & Mary, Dr. Toutonghi will meet with other faculty and students interested in building substantial projects out of archival work–which he has also done in the Special Collections at Lewis & Clark. This project follows his most recent creative nonfiction narrative that centers around the disappearance of a dog on the Appalachian Trail (Dog Gone, published in 2016), which was translated into Portuguese (2017), German (2016), and Italian (2017); Dr. Toutonghi’s earlier works include novels Evel Knievel Days (2012) and Red Weather (2006). More about his work is available here.