NY Times Best-Selling Author to Speak at Scripps

CLAREMONT, Calif. (October 10, 2007) — Author and journalist Jeannette Walls will present her New York Times best-selling memoir The Glass Castle on Monday, November 5, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. in Balch Auditorium at Scripps College as part of the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Speaker Series. A book signing in the Hampton Living Room will follow her talk. The event is free and open to the public.

Since publishing The Glass Castle in 2005, Walls has garnered significant national and international attention. The memoir, which chronicles Walls’ childhood in a West Virginia mining town, as well as her decision to leave her home and move to New York City at 16, was a New York Times best-seller for 75 weeks and sold 1.5 million copies. It has been translated into 16 languages and has received the Christopher Award, the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Books for Better Living Award. Paramount is currently making it into a motion picture.

Walls is a columnist for New York Magazine and MSNBC.com. She lives in the Virginia Piedmont with her husband, writer John Taylor. She has appeared on Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Oprah and the Diane Rheem Show.

The Alexa Fullerton Hampton Speaker Series is made possible through the generous bequest of Scripps alumna Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42. The event is cosponsored by the Scripps College Humanities Institute.


About Scripps College

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.

 

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