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Barbara Kingsolver '77 to Appear in "Once-in-a-Lifetime" Event at Virginia Festival of the Book

March 17, 2006

barbara kingsolver.jpgMarch 17, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Barbara Kingsolver, the bestselling author and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, will appear at the finale of the Twelfth Annual Virginia Festival of the Book, at 4 p.m. March 26 in Charlottesville. Kingsolver will present a reading and sing with five-time Grammy Award nominee John McCutcheon. The pair collaborated on a song, "Our Flag Was Still There," which appears on McCutcheon's new compact disc, Mightier Than the Sword.

Over its five-day run, the Virginia Festival of the Book has an aggregate attendance of 23,000 people with more than 300 events. "Words and Music with Barbara Kingsolver and John McCutcheon" will mark the duo's first joint appearance before a live audience. "We are thrilled to have Barbara and John, who are long-time friends, supporting our work so generously," says Susan Coleman, director of the Center for the Book. "This will be a once-in-a-lifetime event that will entertain book and music lovers and will have a lasting impact on our programs." Read more here.

Barbara Kingsolver's books include the Pulitzer Prize-nominated TheBean Trees Kingsolver.gif Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees, Small Wonder and Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, a collaboration with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt. She also contributed an essay to the recently released Farm Aid: A Song for America.

For ticket information, click here or call (434) 979-1333. Proceeds from the event will support the VFH Center for the Book and its book and literacy programs.

Kingsolver will also be participating in the North Carolina Festival of the Book, to be held at Duke University April 26-30, 2006. Learn more in this previous story.

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