Book & Author Series

Jane Smiley

Smiley-300pxJane Smiley will be speaking at the Spanos Theater on May 27th at 7pm.  Topic: The Education of a Writer–How every book is different, and never what you expected, no matter how knowledgeable you thought you were.


A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, essayist, and biographer, Jane Smiley is the author of more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books. A jack-of-all-trades, Smiley is a sought-after and flexible lecturer who speaks on a wide variety of topics, including politics, farming, child rearing, and literature. Jane Smiley has been praised as “a diverse and masterly writer” (The New York Times Book Review) and “one of the premier novelists of her generation, possessed of a mastery of the craft and an uncompromising vision that grows more powerful with each book” (The Washington Post). Her most exciting project yet is a thrilling saga, a trilogy of novels that spans 100 years, beginning with Some Luck.

two-covers-smileyDuring her years as a published author—her first novel was published in 1980—two of Jane Smiley’s novels have been made into movies: A Thousand Acres, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and The Age of Grief, which was developed into The Secret Lives of Dentists.




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Book & Author Series

Max Brooks


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World War Z author Max Brooks will be speaking at the Spanos Theater Tuesday April 14, max-brooks2015 at 7:00 p.m. about his latest book, The Harlem Hellfighters. The graphic novel chronicles the little-known story of the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI. They spent longer than any other American unit in combat and displayed remarkable valor on the battlefield. Despite extraordinary struggles and overt racism, the ‘Hellfighters’, as their enemies named them, became one of the most successful—but least celebrated—regiments of the war.


*VIP Tickets Available – VIP Meet and Greet begins at 5:30PM



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