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Barbara Kingsolver '77 to Speak at Land Institute's 'Prairie Festival'

July 16, 2008

Barbara Kingsolver BW Stand.jpgJuly 16, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "Barbara Kingsolver, whose ability to deliver penetrating insights with a poet's grace has made her an internationally acclaimed writer, will be one of the featured speakers at The Land Institute's 30th annual Prairie Festival," reports Kansas' Salina Journal. The festival will take place September 26-28 and will focus on "Restoration and Conservation."

A 1977 graduate of DePauw University, Barbara Kingsolver's latest bestseller is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, which recently received an award from the James Beard Foundation as well as a gold Nautilus Book Award. Her other works include The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams and Small Wonder.

Bean Trees Kingsolver.gif"I think Barbara Kingsolver's themes are about becoming native to place," says Ken Warren, managing director of The Land Institute. "I think it parallels our thoughts exactly."

Read more at the newspaper's Web site.

Kingsolver, who received the National Humanities Medal in 2000, delivered the commencement address at Duke University on May 11, offering graduates advice on "How to be Hopeful."

Access her 1994 commencement address at DePauw -- "As Little Advice as Possible" -- in this previous story.

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