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Barbara Kingsolver '77 Among Featured Guests at Tucson Festival of Books

March 11, 2009

Barbara Kingsolver - Salina 2008.jpgMarch 11, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Barbara Kingsolver, 1977 graduate of DePauw University, will be among more than 400 authors who will participate in this weekend's inaugural Tucson Festival of Books. The city-wide celebration of literature will be held at the University of Arizona on Saturday and Sunday and "will include workshops, lectures, demonstrations and various other presentations for people of all ages. Expected to draw 50,000 people, the festival is being pegged as the largest literary event to have been held in Arizona," notes an announcement.

"It will become, during its first year, the largest book festival in the entire southwestern region," according to Frank Farias, executive director of the University of Arizona bookstores.

Besides Kingsolver, other scheduled authors and speakers include Stedman Graham, Aline Kominsky Crumb, Bill Odenkirk, Michael Gates Gill, and Charles Bowden.

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Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life was listed among the ten best nonfiction books of 2007 by TIME Kingsolver Hon Degree 1994.jpgmagazine. It also received an award from the James Beard Foundation as well as a gold Nautilus Book Award and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance's Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Her other works include The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams and Small Wonder. She received the National Humanities Medal in 2000.

In 1994, Kingsolver delivered the commencement address at DePauw, and was also awarded an honorary degree during the ceremony. A summary of her speech can be found in this previous story.

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