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Inaugural Alumni Book Club Series to Kick Off September 1

Whether you’re a total book lover, you’re planning to write a book someday, or you simply have a healthy respect for your fellow alumni authors, you’ll want to check out the new Alumni Book Club Series debuting this September.

Hundreds of American University alumni from all over the world have written, edited, and published books of various genres. To showcase some of our many talented scribes, the Office of Alumni Relations will honor their accomplishments by welcoming several alumni authors back to campus this year.

Hosted by Ann Kerwin, CAS/BA ’71, this series will offer a diverse schedule of writers and their works. Each of the upcoming events will feature a special reception with the author(s), followed by a talk open to the university community, and conclude with a book signing. Alumni from all over the world can participate by reading the book, and are welcome to submit questions for guest authors online prior to the event that may be addressed during the program. 

The inaugural 2010-2011 book club season will feature the works of seven alumni authors, beginning with New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Parkhurst, CAS/MA ’97, and her most recent work The Nobodies Album (2010, Doubleday). On Wednesday, September 1, Parkhurst will speak about her work at President and Mrs. Kerwin’s house, just south of campus.

The second event, to be held during All-American Weekend, on Saturday, October 23 in Bender Library’s Mudbox Café, will feature a panel of AU alumnae who completed their PhD’s in literature in the 1970s. The panelists will discuss their works and their experiences in the publishing field since their time at AU.

The third event in the series, scheduled for Wednesday, January 12 in Bender Library’s Mudbox Café, will feature an academic work, FDR's Republicans: Domestic Political Realignment and American Foreign Policy (2009, Lexington Books) by Robert Jenner, SIS/BS ’74.

The fourth event in the series, on Wednesday, March 2, will feature adventurer, videographer, and writer Jon Bowermaster, SOC/MA ’77, and his most recent work, Oceans: The Threat to Our Seas and What You Can Do to Turn the Tide (2010, PublicAffairs), an anthology of original essays by various experts and activists involved with ocean work, compiled and edited by Bowermaster and tied to the Disney film Oceans, released on Earth Day of 2010.

The final event in the series, to be held Wednesday, May 11, will feature Little Back Room (2009, iUniverse), a collection of short stories by Pearl Rance-Reardon, CAS/MFA ’96, that explore themes varying from divorce and online romance to race and class issues in the Caribbean.

Join us for all or one of the events or just try to read along from home. Visit our Web site to learn more about the authors coming to campus, their works, and how you can nominate an alumna/us author for next year’s Alumni Book Club Series.