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Liza Mundy to Discuss her Book “Michelle: A Biography” at W&L

Liza Mundy, an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and author of “Michelle: A Biography” about Michelle Obama, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 345 of the University Commons.

Mundy’s talk is free and open to the public.

The book will be released on Oct. 7, the day of her talk. W&L’s University Store will have “Michelle: A Biography” available at a book signing after Mundy’s talk outside the room where she will be speaking.

“Michelle is interesting because her family story is a classic American narrative: her ancestors were slaves in South Carolina, and her grandfather joined the Great Migration out of the South to Chicago. This is an essential American narrative, but it’s one that is not often featured in public life. So I thought that hers was an important story to tell,” Mundy said about the focus of her book.

Mundy has covered politics, popular culture and women’s issues for more than 10 years at the Washington Post. In the summer of 2007 she wrote one of the first extended looks at Barack Obama. She is a regular contributor to “Slate” and participates in their women’s blog XX Factor.

“Michelle: A Biography” is Mundy’s second book, the first being “Everything Conceivable, How Assisted Reproduction is Changing Men, Women and the World” (Knopf).

Mundy’s work has won numerous prizes, including The Best American Science Writing 2003, and she has won awards from the Sunday Magazine Editors Association and the National Education Writers Association, among others. She has written for “Lingua Franca,” “Redbook,” “Mother Jones,” “Washington City Paper” and the “Washington Monthly.”