Meet Eyal Press, author of 'Beautiful Souls'

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The public is invited to “Meet Eyal Press, author of ‘Beautiful Souls,’ ” in an interview with Steven Herb at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College, Pa. “Beautiful Souls,” Macmillan Publishers, explores what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention. The book was selected in 2013, by the Penn State Reads series to be read and discussed by incoming freshmen.

The Sept. 10 event with the author follows his 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 public lecture at Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park, also live-streamed for faculty, staff and students at Penn State campuses and World Campus students.

Press’s work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Nation and the Raritan Review. He also is the author of “Absolute Convictions,” a narrative account of the abortion conflict. He is a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Herb is the director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress, and he is also the head of the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library in Penn State’s University Libraries.

The Sept. 10 interview will be followed by a reception and a book signing by the author, with books available for sale. No tickets are required for the event, but an RSVP is requested with Pennsylvania Humanities Council at

The event is sponsored by Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH), the Penn State Reads Program, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and the University Libraries; the Pennsylvania Humanities Council; and Schlow Centre Region Library.

For more information, call 800-462-0442. For questions about the physical access provided, contact Karla Schmit at or 814-863-5521.

Last Updated January 09, 2015