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Date(s) - 09/25/2018 - 11/08/2018
7:00 pm



English Department Reading Series

All readings at 7 PM; note different location for each reading


Frank X. Walker

Tuesday, September 25thManheimer Room in the Reuters Center

                  A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, Frank X. Walker is the editor of America! What’s My Name? The “Other” Poets Unfurl the Flag (Wind Publications, 2007) and Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium and the author of four poetry collections: When Winter Come: the Ascension of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2008); Black Box (Old Cove Press, 2005); Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2003), winner of the 35th Annual Lillian Smith Book Award; and Affrilachia (Old Cove Press, 2000), a Kentucky Public Librarians’ Choice Award nominee.


Therese Anne Fowler/Denise Kiernan: A Reading and Conversation

Tuesday, Oct 30 in the Mountain View Room of the Sherrill Center

                  Therese Anne Fowler is the author of the New York Times best-selling Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, and the forthcoming novel, A Well-Behaved Womanbased on the life of Alva Vanderbilt. Ignored by New York’s old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.

                  Denise Kiernan, author of The New York Times best-selling books, The Last Castle and Girls of Atomic City. The Last Castle is a narrative nonfiction book that takes the reader on a Gilded Age journey from the height of excess to the depths of family tragedy in the glittering true story behind the largest home—ever—in America and the amazing struggles of those who resided within its walls.


Cris Beam

Thursday, Nov. 8th in Laurel Forum

                  Cris Beam’s most recent book, I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy, was published by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt in March 2018. Her prior work, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care (Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt, 2013), was named a 2013 New York Times Notable Book, and was a best book on several year-end lists including NPR, New York Magazine and The Boston Globe. She is also the author of Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Harcourt 2007), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor book. Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in 2011 and was named a Kirkus Best Book and Library Guild Selection, and is the first book with a transgender character to land on the state of California’s recommended reading list for public high schools.

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