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Barbara Kingsolver '77 to Keynote Kentucky's Books-in-Progress Conference

April 20, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver 09 agbBestselling and award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Books-in-Progress Conference. Sponsored by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, the event will take place June 8 & 9 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The conference will offer writing and publishing workshops, as well as one-on-one meetings between writers and literary agents.

Learn more about the event here.

Kingsolver's acclaimed books include The Bean Trees; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life; Prodigal Summer; and The Lacuna, which received the UK's Orange Prize and the Library of Virginia's 13th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Award for fiction. The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won South Africa's National Book Award.

Kingsolver has been awarded the National Humanities Medal and every one of her books Kingsolver Prodigal Summersince 1993′s Pigs in Heaven has made the New York Times bestseller list.

A zoology (biological sciences) major at DePauw, Kingsolver  received the LEAF Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment in April 2011.

Barbara Kingsolver delivered the 1994 commencement address at DePauw, and was also awarded an honorary doctoral degree during the ceremony. Access an MP3 of the complete address, which was titled "As Little Advice as Possible," here.

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