ABERDEEN, S.D. – Author Jeannette Walls will share
her inspirational tale of triumph over adversity at Northern State University on Nov. 20.
Walls, author of the best-selling memoir “The Glass Castle,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The event, sponsored by the NSU Honors Program, is the main lecture of the NSU Common Read. More than 400 freshmen at Northern are reading “The Glass Castle” as part of their first-year seminar.
In “The Glass Castle,” Walls describes growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town. Her brilliant but irresponsible parents neglect Walls and her three siblings, but they also love them and teach them to face their fears. The story is at times harrowing and at times hilarious as the children go without food and indoor plumbing yet are encouraged to read Shakespeare and dream of the beautiful glass house they will all one day build. Despite all her hardships, Walls develops the determination to leave West Virginia at age 16, move to New York City, enroll in college and eventually become a well-known columnist and television personality.
“The Glass Castle” gives hope to those facing challenges and makes them realize anything is possible. The memoir has spent more than four years on the New York Times best-seller list and has been named one of the “Top 10 Books of the Decade” by Amazon. It has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, has been translated into 22 languages and has won numerous awards. In 2012, Lionsgate purchased the rights to The Glass Castle and will be producing the movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence from "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook."
The Nov. 20 event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They may be ordered on the NSU website, northern.edu. Books will be available for purchase at the Nov. 20 event, and a book signing will follow. For more information, contact NSU Honors Program Director Dr. Erin Fouberg at firstname.lastname@example.org