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Barbara Kingsolver '77 on Shortlist for UK's Orange Prize; Winner to be Announced June 9

May 29, 2010

Barbara Kingsolver 09 agb.jpgMay 29, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "The Duchess of Cornwall is to present the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction at the award ceremony on Wednesday 9th June," reports The Bookseller. "Special security arrangements are in place for the event, to be held at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London." Barbara Kingsolver, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, is one of six authors on the shortlist for the Orange Prize, the U.K.'s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman.  The winner will be awarded £30,000.

Kingsolver's latest book, The Lacuna,was published in November 2009. She was also one of five finalists for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her thirteen books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction include The Bean Trees, The Poisonwood Bible and Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver.JPGAnimal Dreams. Translated into nineteen languages, her work has won a devoted worldwide readership and many awards, including the National Humanities Medal.

In 1994, Kingsolver delivered the commencement address at DePauw, and was also awarded an honorary degree during the ceremony. A summary of her speech -- including an MP3 of the complete address, which was titled "As Little Advice as Possible" -- can be found here. Video is embedded below.

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