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Author Barbara Kingsolver '77 Slated to Appear at North Carolina Festival of the Book

October 18, 2005

October 18, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Barbara Kingsolver, the bestselling author and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, will be among those participating in the North Carolina Festival of the Book, to be held at Duke University April 26-30, 2006. According to the News & Observer of Raleigh-Durham, "the festival will feature a mix of top-notch local and national writers. This year's lineup includes Tom Wolfe, Barbara Kingsolver, Peter Guralnick, Ann Patchett, Tom Perrotta, Lewis Nordan, Allan Gurganus, Jill McCorkle, Madison Smartt Bell, Robert Olen Butler and Roy Blount Jr."

The event was formerly known as the North Carolina Literary Festival. "While building on the great success of the three previous festivals, we want to make it less academic and scholarly," say Deborah Jakubs, university librarian and vice provost for library affairs at Duke University. "We want it to be more spontaneous, less predictable and more fun, and encourage more audience involvement in this celebration of writing and reading," she tells the newspaper. Read more by clicking here.

Kingsolver, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Poisonwood Bible and other books including Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees, Small Wonder and Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, a collaboration with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt, delivered the commencement address at Centre College in May. Read more in this previous story.

She also contributed an essay to the new book, Farm Aid: A Song for America.

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