October 17, 2017

NPR book critic to speak at Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Libraries will host Maureen Corrigan, book critic on National Public Radio's “Fresh Air” program, as part of the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series.

Corrigan’s presentation, titled “And So We Read On,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the Hiler Theater in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Purdue College of Liberal Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to her roles at NPR, Corrigan also is a columnist for The Washington Post and serves as The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University.

She also is the author of two books, “Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books” and “So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures,” which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Library Journal.

In addition to her contributions to the The Washington Post and The Village Voice, Corrigan also has written reviews for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Nation. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage, which won an Edgar Award for Criticism from Mystery Writers of America in 1999, and has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

This 15th lecture in the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by major funding to Purdue Libraries from the estate of Anna M. Akeley. 

Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325, mhuckaby@purdue.edu

Source: Teresa Koltzenburg, director of strategic communications for Purdue Libraries, 765-494-0069, tkoltzen@purdue.edu

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