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Jan. 20, 2009
Contact: Christie Appelhanz, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (785) 864-3516.

KU professor to read from her best-selling books at Salina event

LAWRENCE — The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is bringing a piece of the University of Kansas to central Kansas with an alumni reception featuring best-selling author and professor of English Laura Moriarty.

Joseph E. Steinmetz, dean of the College, will introduce Moriarty to area alumni for the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Salina Country Club, 2101 E. Country Club Road in Salina. Moriarty will read selections from her novels, “The Center of Everything” and “The Rest of Her Life,” which are both are set in rural Kansas towns. The event is hosted by John Mize and Peter and Sara Johnston, all of Salina.

“Professor Moriarty is an example of the outstanding faculty in the College who are providing Kansas with well-educated graduates to enhance the state’s competitiveness,” said Steinmetz. “I’m excited to share the breadth of expertise offered at KU with Salina and proud of the College’s efforts to reach all 105 Kansas counties with programs to engage residents in the humanities and sciences.”

After winning the Carlin Graduate Teaching Award at KU in 1999, Moriarty won the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing and became the writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Her first novel, “The Center of Everything” (Hyperion 2003), was a Book-of-the-Month Club and Literary Guild main selection, a USA Today summer reading pick, as well as a Top 10 Pick for the independent bookstores’ Book Sense. Her second novel, “The Rest of Her Life” (Hyperion 2007), was a No. 1 Book Sense selection and the winner of Elle magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Novel of 2007. Her third novel, “While I'm Falling” (Hyperion), will be published in August. Her teaching interests include fiction and personal narrative.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates are invited to bring one guest each to enjoy complimentary food and beverages at the Salina alumni event. A $25 per person donation to KU Endowment is requested from members of the public interested in attending. For more information or to make reservations, contact Kristi Henderson at (785) 864-3663 or khenderson@ku.edu. The deadline for reservations is Jan. 29.

Waldenbooks in Salina will sell paperback versions of Moriarty’s books at the event.

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