Best-Selling Author Barbara Kingsolver '77 Recognized as 'Kentucky Star'
February 17, 2004
February 17, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Barbara Kingsolver, best-selling author of The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer and The Bean Trees, and a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, will be among eight "Kentucky Stars" to be recognized today at a reception at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington. The Louisville Courier-Journal notes, "The Kentucky Stars program honors homegrown celebrities by having their signatures etched into sidewalk markers placed in prominent spots along Lexington's Main Street. This is the second group to be selected."
This year's other honorees include musician Bill Monroe; historian Thomas D. Clark; and filmmaker D.W. Griffith. "To be eligible, nominees must have been born in Kentucky or have lived in the state for at least 10 years," the newspaper writes. "They may be professionals or amateurs with long-term commitment to excellence in one or more of these areas: dance, film, literature, music, radio, television, theater and visual arts. They may be living or dead." Kingsolver was raised in Kentucky and now lives in Arizona.Back