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Author Andrew Solomon to Speak on Campus

January 27, 2014
Andrew Solomon
Andrew Solomon

This spring, the Keene is Reading program is discussing Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2012), which tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. Not only do the parents learn to deal with their exceptional children, they also find profound meaning in doing so. The author proposes that diversity is what unites us.

Far from the Tree has won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction, the J. Anthony Lukas award, the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and the Books for a Better Life Award. A New York Times bestseller, it was chosen as one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012, a New York Times daily (Dwight Garner) Best Book of 2012, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2012, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2012, a Salon.com / Laura Miller Best Book of 2012, a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2012, a Time magazine Best Book of 2012, an Amazon.com Best Nonfiction Book of 2012, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2012, a BuzzFeed Book of the Year, an Economist Book of the Year, and a Cleveland Plain-Dealer Book of the Year.

Mr. Solomon will be on campus to give the keynote address for this year’s KIR program at 7 p.m., March 5, in the Mabel Brown Room. The event is free and open to the public and larger KSC community, but seating is limited.