Categories: General
      Date: Aug 27, 2013
     Title: Godwin to present "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun" in Coe Marquis Series lecture

Accomplished author, foreign correspondent, documentary maker and screenwriter Peter Godwin will kickoff this year's Coe College Marquis Series with a lecture entitled "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun." The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.



Accomplished author, foreign correspondent, documentary maker and screenwriter Peter Godwin will speak in a Coe College Marquis Series event on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre.

Accomplished author, foreign correspondent, documentary maker and screenwriter Peter Godwin will kickoff this year's Coe College Marquis Series with a lecture entitled "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun." The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., or at the door the night of the event.

Born and raised in Africa, Godwin went on to study at Cambridge University and Oxford. He is the author of five non-fiction books, including "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa." This book received the Borders Original Voices Award and was selected by American Libraries Association as a Notable Book winner in 2008.

The memoir recounts the collapse of Godwin's native Zimbabwe over the past decade. Alongside Zimbabwe's war of independence is the story of the decline of his father. This storyline leads to Godwin's central revelation in the book: his father is Jewish and has hidden it from Godwin and his siblings. "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun" is a memorable narrative about the struggle to discover the past while processing the present.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to www.coe.edu or call 399-8600.