About the Author
Born in New York City in 1945, Tracy Kidder
spent his childhood in Oyster Bay, Long Island, where his father was a lawyer and his mother a teacher. He attended Harvard where he earned a B.A. in 1967. From June 1968 until June 1969, he served as a lieutenant in Vietman for which he was awarded a Bronze Star, an experience chronicled in his memoir My Detachment
Following the war, he obtained his M.A. from the University of Iowa, where he attended Iowa Writers’ Workshop. It was there that Kidder met Atlantic Monthly
Contributing Editor Dan Wakefield, who helped him get his first assignment for the magazine as a freelance writer.
Over the years, Kidder’s articles have covered a broad array of topics ranging from railroads, to energy, architecture, the environment among others. He lives with his wife in western Massachusetts and in Maine.
About the Book
In his latest book, Strength in What Remains
, Kidder delivers the humbling story of Deo, a young man whose will to survive and love of knowledge take him from the horrors of genocide in Burundi to Columbia University and then on to medical school—a brilliant testament to the power of second chances and an inspiring account of one immigrant’s remarkable American journey. Strength in What Remains was a finalist for both 2009 The National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book award.
Selected Books by Tracy Kidder
My Detachment (2005)
Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003)
Home Town (1999)
Old Friends (1993)
Among Schoolchildren (1989)
The Soul of a New Machine (1981)
Strength in What Remains was required summer reading for this year’s freshman class at Alvernia. Students are discussing the book in their First Year Seminars and are involved in fundraising for Village Health Works.
Sponsored by the Holleran Center, University Life, and Student Government Association.
This event is part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at AlverniaStart Date: 10/17/2011
7:30 pmEnd Date: 10/17/2011
9:30 pmLocation: Physical Education CenterPrice: FreeSponsor: The Holleran Center, University Life, and Student Government Association