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Jeannette Walls Book Signing

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 7, 2007

Jeannette Walls, author of the memoir The Glass Castle, BGSU’s choice for the 2007-08 common reading experience, will be visiting BGSU’s Firelands College in Huron for a lecture and book signing on October 25th.

Publisher Simon and Schuster describes The Glass Castle as a:

remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered. The Glass Castle is truly astonishing — a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar, but loyal, family. Jeannette Walls has a story to tell, and tells it brilliantly, without an ounce of self-pity.

The lecture will take place at the Cedar Point Center Auditorium from 11:30 am -12:30 pm with the book signing to follow immediately until 1:00 pm. Click below to see Walls discussing her book.


One Response to “Jeannette Walls Book Signing”

  1. Jennifer Gallant said

    I am a member of the ALA Alex Awards committee that selected Jeannette Wells’ book. I was luck enough to chat with her at the American Library Association Conference the past two years and she was so gracious that she said she would be delighted to visit our library. She gave me her e-mail address and that of her publicist to contact. I have mislaid it and have been searching frantically. Can you tell me how to go about scheduling her for an appearance? Any other details would be helpful, too.

    Jennifer Gallant
    Associate Director
    Elyria Public Library
    (Lorain Ccounty-Ohio)
    1194 West River Rd. N.
    Elyria, OH 44035

    440-324-9812 or

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