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Minnesota's 'Talking Volumes' Series to Feature Barbara Kingsolver '77

Minnesota's 'Talking Volumes' Series to Feature Barbara Kingsolver '77

August 27, 2009

kingsolver b bw.jpgAugust 27, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Barbara Kingsolver, the bestselling author and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, will appear in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 11 as part of the 10th anniversary season of the "Talking Volumes" author series. According to the Pioneer Press, Kingsolver's presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange Street.

Read more at the newspaper's Web site.

The Lacuna, described by London's Bookseller as "the first novel by The Poisonwood Bible author Barbara Kingsolver in nearly 10 years," is set for a November 2009 worldwide release. It was named "Pick of the Week" in Publishers Weekly, which opined that Kingsolver "masterfully resurrects a dark period in American history with the assured hand of Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver.JPGa true literary artist."

Kingsolver's twelve books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction include The Bean Trees and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, which was listed among the ten best nonfiction books of 2007 by TIME magazine. Translated into nineteen languages, Kingsolver's work has won a devoted worldwide readership and many awards, including the National Humanities Medal.

In 1994, Barbara 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 in this previous story.