Author and Biographer Penelope Niven

November 12, 2013
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Cultural Events
Shirley Recital Hall, Elberson Fine Arts Center

Penelope Niven, the critically-acclaimed author of Carl Sandburg: a Biography; Steichen: a Biography; and Swimming Lessons, will return to Salem for the paperback release of Thornton Wilder: A Life, published by HarperCollins and praised by Edward Albee as “a splendid and long-needed work.” Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet, her biography for children, has been awarded an International Reading Association Prize “for exceptionally distinguished literature for children,” one of six books honored among publications from 99 countries. She is also co-author, with actor James Earl Jones, of Voices and Silences, praised as “a classic on acting.” Niven served as Salem College’s writer-in-residence for 12 years until her retirement. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Thornton Wilder Visiting Fellowship at the Beinecke Library at Yale and was awarded the North Carolina Award in Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor, for her work as a writer and a teacher.

Sponsored by the Center for Women Writers.

Gail Adams