Best-selling author Karen Thompson Walker to read at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2014-03-19 09:55:38 - General

Best-selling author Karen Thompson Walker will read from her collection of fiction stories in an upcoming presentation at Coe College. The reading, along with a question and answer session, will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Walker's popular book is entitled "The Age of Miracles." It is the story of a girl and her family struggling with the challenges faced when the Earth's rotation suddenly begins to slow, causing the whole world to move into a state of chaos. Along with being a New York Times best seller, "The Age of Miracles" has been named one of the best books of the year by People, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Financial Times and Publishers Weekly.

Walker was born and raised in San Diego, where "The Age of Miracles" is set. She studied English and creative writing at UCLA, where she wrote for the UCLA Daily Bruin. After college, Walker worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area before moving to New York City to complete an MFA at Columbia University. She was named "The next big female novelist" by Rolling Stone and was the recipient of the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, Walker wrote "The Age of Miracles" in the mornings before work, sometimes while riding the subway.

This event is sponsored by the Coe College English Department. For more information, call 399-8581.