Wally Lamb to Read from Latest Novel for SJU Writing Series

Friday, October 4, 2013

by Amanda Sapio '13

PHILADELPHIA (October 4, 2013) —Bestselling author Wally Lamb will read from his new novel, We Are Water, Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. We Are Water is set to release on Oct. 22 from HarperCollins Publishers. This free event, hosted by the English department’s Writing Series 2013-14, marks Lamb’s only stop in Philadelphia for his national book tour.

The event’s opening act will feature a poetry reading by one of Lamb’s three sons, Justin, an award-winning slam poet and New Orleans-based educator.

Lamb is the author of the New York Times bestsellers She’s Come Undone, The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True. She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True were also Oprah’s Book Club selections. Lamb holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in teaching and English from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College.

“I first met Wally Lamb when I was a graduate student and director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut,” says Jenny Spinner, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the SJU Writing Center. “He's a terrific writer, teacher and mentor. He writes his way into characters who are nothing like him with such breath-taking familiarity.”  

We Are Water tells the story of a mother, Annie Oh, who divorces her husband of 27 years after falling in love with Viveca, a wealthy, cultured woman from Manhattan. As the story unfolds, many painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs’ lives are unearthed. This novel explores issues involving class differences, morality and racial violence.

Lamb was awarded the Connecticut Book Award for I'll Fly Away in 2008, the New England Book Award for fiction in 1999, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award, The National Institute of Business/Apple Computer’s Thanks to Teachers Award, and has received distinguished alumni awards from Vermont College and the University of Connecticut.

For more information about the event, contact Spinner at jspinner@sju.edu or 610-660-3272. 

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