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Author Jeannette Walls delivers Appalachian’s convocation address Sept. 4

BOONE—Best-selling author Jeannette Walls is the guest speaker for convocation Sept. 4 at Appalachian State University. Activities begin at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. The public is invited.

Walls also will participate in a panel discussion at 2 p.m.in I.G. Greer Auditorium. She will kick off the university’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room, and will participate in a reading and booksigning Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Watauga County Public Library as part of the Watauga Reads program.

Walls’ memoir “The Glass Castle” was this summer’s reading selection for incoming freshmen. Since 1997, Appalachian has asked incoming freshmen to read a book as part of their orientation.

By participating in the Summer Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students that helps develop a sense of community with their new environment and introduces them to academic life at the university.

Walls graduated from Columbia University’s Barnard College with honors and went on to become a reporter for New York magazine, Esquire, USA Today and MSNBC.com.

Critics have called her memoir “spectacular,” “extraordinary,” “incredible” and “riveting.” It has been a New York Times best-seller for more than 75 weeks, has sold more than 1.5 million copies, been translated into 16 languages, and is being made into a movie by Paramount.

Its numerous awards include the Christopher Award, the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and the Books for Better Living Award.

“The Glass Castle” has been used in university courses on literature, psychology, parenting, child development and poverty.

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