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Barbara Kingsolver '77 Plans July 19 Appearance in Ireland

July 6, 2010

barbara kingsolver agb 2009s.jpgJuly 6, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "Barbara Kingsolver, who won this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel The Lacuna, is reading in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Library Voices Series on Monday, July 19th at the Pavilion Theatre" in Dublin, Ireland, reports the Irish Times. Afterwards she will be in conversation with the Irish novelist Claire Kilroy."

A 1977 graduate of DePauw University, "Kingsolver is one of the most socially and politically aware novelists writing in America today, and has the rare distinction of commanding both critical acclaim and worldwide popularity," notes publicity for the appearance.

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On June 9, Barbara Kingsolver was awarded the Orange Prize, the U.K.'s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Days later, she told the Guardian, "Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere andBarbara Kingsolver 2009-s.jpg asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life. Literature sucks you into another psyche. So the creation of empathy necessarily influences how you'll behave to other people. How can that not affect you politically?"

Kingsolver's thirteen books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction include The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams and The Poisonwood Bible. Translated into nineteen languages, her work has won a devoted worldwide readership and many other awards, including the National Humanities Medal.

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