LAWRENCE- KU Libraries will host “Woodrell on Writing,” a discussion featuring Daniel Woodrell, the critically acclaimed author of this year’s Read Across Lawrence selection, Winter’s Bone. The event is Thursday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. at The Commons at Spooner Hall and will be hosted by John C. Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies. The program is free and open to all audiences, but seating is limited.
Woodrell will return to his alma mater to discuss his time at KU, how his surroundings have influenced his work and much more. Born in Springfield, MO, Woodrell graduated from the University of Kansas and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line. Woodrell’s work is often described as country noir and many of his books have been set in the Missouri Ozarks, his childhood home.
Winter’s Bone tells the story of Ree Dolly, a young woman taking care of her two brothers after their father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab. Facing the risk of losing their home if he doesn’t show up for his next court date, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back and sets off into the harsh poverty of the Ozarks to find him. The novel was adapted into a film in 2010 and was nominated for numerous Academy Awards.
Read Across Lawrence is a citywide endeavor made possible by the Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries that uses literature as a springboard to launch community conversations about important timely issues. Each year, free copies of the selected book are distributed and various lectures, panels, discussion groups and film screenings are offered throughout the community. Past selections have included In Cold Blood, The Center of Everything, The Wizard of Oz, and To Kill a Mockingbird. For more information, see lawrence.lib.ks.us/ral.