Portland Buzzing Over November Visit by Barbara Kingsolver '77
September 6, 2012
"When the Portland Arts & Lectures organizers ask subscribers who they'd like to hear, Barbara Kingsolver is always near the top of the list," notes the Oregonian in a listing previewing a November 16 appearance by the 1977 DePauw University graduate. Jeff Baker writes, "Her novels (The Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna) and memoir (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life) are the perfect match for New Seasons shoppers and those who love them. Kingsolver's new novel Flight Behavior is due out in November. She'll be interviewed on stage by Andrew Proctor, the executive director of Literary Arts."
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A zoology (biological sciences) major at DePauw, Barbara Kingsolver received the LEAF Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment in April 2011.
The Lacuna received the UK's Orange Prize and the Library of Virginia's 13th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Award for fiction. The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won South Africa's National Book Award. Kingsolver has been awarded the National Humanities Medal and every one of her books since 1993′s Pigs in Heaven has made the New York Times bestseller list.
Kingsolver delivered the 1994 commencement address at DePauw, and was also awarded an honorary doctoral degree during the ceremony. A summary of her speech can be found in this previous story or listen to an MP3 of the complete address: [Download Audio: "Barbara Kingsolver's 1994 Commencement Speech" - 10,044kb].Back