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Seventh Annual Tom Wolfe Lecture/Seminar Features Writer Jeannette Walls

— by on March 1st, 2010

Writer Jeannette Walls will present the keynote remarks of Washington and Lee University’s seventh annual Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar on Friday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

This year’s seminar, “Hardship, Resilience, and the Art of the Memoir,” will examine poverty in America and the art of the memoir. Walls’ talk is free and open to the public.

Walls is the author of “The Glass Castle,” the best-selling memoir that has sold over two million copies, and “Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel,” selected as their “Best Read” by Independent Book Sellers.

“The Glass Castle” details Walls’ life growing up in extreme poverty and describes the unimaginable obstacles she faced as a child. From the desert of the Southwest to the mountains of West Virginia to her parents’ homelessness in New York City, Walls’ account of an impoverished life is a compelling and moving first-person testament to what it means to be poor.

“The Glass Castle” has been translated in 16 languages and was on The New York Times Best Seller list for over a year.

Jeannette Walls also is a journalist whose work has appeared in New York Magazine, Esquire, USA Today and MSNBC. A major motion picture about her life is currently under development.

To attend the weekend seminar (March 12-13), please contact W&L’s Office of Special Programs at 540-458-8916.