Bestselling novelist to speak at ASU Aug. 16

Article Published: Aug. 11, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Bestselling novelist to speak at ASU Aug. 16

Heidi Durrow, author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky," will speak Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. in Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.

Inspired by a true story, the book is a moving bicultural coming-of-age tale about the daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I.

When the book received the Bellwether Prize for Literature and Social Change, the prize's founder, noted author Barbara Kingsolver, said, "(A) breathless telling of a tale we've never heard before. Haunting and lovely, pitch-perfect, this book could not be more timely."

The book was also named one of the best novels of 2010 by the Washington Post and a Top 10 Buzz Book of 2010 by the Boston Herald.

Durrow is a graduate of Stanford University, Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Law School. Originally from Portland, Ore., she has worked as a corporate litigator and as a life skills trainer for professional athletes. She is an occasional essay contributor to National Public Radio.

Her presentation will be in Room 421 in Belk Library, followed by a book signing and reception. Parking will be available in the College Street deck.

For more information, call Lynn Patterson at (828) 262-2087.

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