Author Kim Barnes to deliver Stegner Lecture at Center for Arts & History
Author Kim Barnes will present the 31st annual Lewis-Clark State College Wallace Stegner Lecture on Friday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the LCSC Center for Arts and History, located at 415 Main Street in Lewiston.
The lecture, which is sponsored by an institutional development grant and the LCSC Division of Humanities, is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Barnes' first memoir, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, received a PEN/Jerard Fund Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. Her second memoir, Hungry for the World, was a Borders Books New Voices Selection. She is the author of three novels: Finding Caruso; A Country Called Home, winner of the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction, a Book-of-the-Month-Club Main Selection, and named a Best Book of 2008 by The Washington Post, Kansas City Star, and The Oregonian; and, most recently, In the Kingdom of Men, set in 1960s Saudi Arabia, named a Best Book of 2012 by San Francisco Chronicle and The Seattle Times.
Barnes is co-editor of two anthologies: Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers, edited with Mary Clearman Blew, and Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty, edited with Claire Davis. Her essays, poems, and stories have appeared and are forthcoming in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The New York Times, WSJ Online, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, MORE Magazine, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.
Barnes completed her undergraduate studies at Lewis-Clark State College and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho. She lives with her husband, poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.
The Stegner Lecture Series has long been a literary-cultural highlight for the LCSC community. Named in honor of Western writer Wallace Stegner, the annual lecture features discussion about the writer's relationship with the physical and psychological territories in which he or she resides and works.