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Barbara Kingsolver '77 to Provide Duke University's Commencement Address

November 20, 2007

Barbara Kingsolver 5.jpgNovember 20, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "Duke University says novelist Barbara Kingsolver will deliver the school's commencement address in May," begins an Associated Press report today. "Kingsolver graduated with a degree in biology from DePauw University [in 1977] after growing up in Kentucky. Her first novel, The Bean Trees, was published in 1987."

The AP adds, "Kingsolver's daughter, Camille, is a junior at Duke. Kingsolver has written five novels, including The Poisonwood Bible about a Baptist missionary who takes his family to the Belgian Congo in 1959. She has also written short stories, poetry and essays."Kingsolver Hon Degree 1994.jpg

Access the item at the Web site of the Charlotte Observer.

Barbara Kingsolver's latest bestseller, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, was recently named to a "best of" list for 2007 and she was selected Bon Appetit magazine's "Food Writer of the Year."

Read an account of the author's 1994 commencement address at her alma mater, which includes an MP3 file of the complete speech.

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