The final chance to participate in a discussion of Charming Billy as part of ReadUP is Tuesday, February 24, 12-1:30 p.m., in the Clark Library conference room. Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., Garaventa Center, will host the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Karen Eifler, Garaventa Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The renowned novelist and essayist Alice McDermott, who won the National Book Award for her novel Charming Billy, will visit the campus and read from her work on Thursday, February 26, at 7 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. Her lecture is free and open to all faculty, staff, students, and the public.
McDermott is the author of six other works of fiction, most recently the novel Someone. She is a professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University.
The University’s Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series, founded in 1988, annually brings some of the finest writers in the world to campus, to meet with and speak to students, staff, and friends.
Author and Johns Hopkins humanities professor Alice McDermott will be on campus on February 26, 2015, as a guest of the University’s Schoenfeldt Visiting Writers Series. In preparation for her arrival, the provost’s office has announced the annual ReadUP community reading initiative. All University community members—students, faculty, staff—are invited to read McDermott’s novel, Charming Billy, which won the National Book Award in 1999. The Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Pilot House will have an array of McDermott’s books for sale at the Schoenfeldt Series book signing on February 26.
All community members will be invited to book discussions facilitated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., Garaventa Center, in the Clark Library conference room:
- Wednesday, February 11, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
- Thursday, February 19, noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 24, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Schoenfeldt Series events will include an author’s reception on Thursday, February 26, from 5 to 6 p.m.; a public lecture by McDermott that night in Buckley Center Auditorium at 7 p.m.; and a book signing immediately following the lecture. ReadUP is sponsored by the provost’s office, the Garaventa Center, the Clark Library, student affairs, residence life, and University relations.
Visit the ReadUp WordPress site at sites.up.edu/readup for information and starter questions for the book discussions.