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Tue, May 28, 2024
New York Times Bestseller - Heidi Durrow

Heidi Durrow is the author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky and winner of the Bellwether Prize, awarded for issues of social justice.  This event will include a reading and booksigning.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Heidi W. Durrow is a graduate of Stanford, Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Law School.  Heidi has worked as a corporate litigator, and as a Life Skills trainer to professional athletes of the National Football League and National Basketball Association. She is the co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast Mixed Chicks Chat; and the co-founder and co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.  She is an occasional essay contributor to National Public Radio.  She is the recipient of a Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Writers, and a Jentel Foundation Residency, among others. She is featured on CNN Dialogues on Race moderated with Wolf Blitzer on August 31 in Atlanta.

ABOUT THE BOOK: A timely and moving bicultural coming-of-age tale about the daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I. that is now a New York Times Bestseller and a book club favorite. 
A beauty with light brown skin and blue eyes, 11-year-old Rachel learns the world wants to see her as either black or white, but that's not how she sees herself.  A mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel's last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Inspired by a true story of a mother's twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity:  "Must race confine us and define us?"

Location: Glenn Auditorium
Price: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor: Southeast's Journey, the College of Liberal Arts, and the University Press
Contact: Dr. Susan Swartwout
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