Rolling Reading Series presents alumna and author Cathleen Miller

January 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Award-winning author Cathleen Miller will read at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium. Part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading series, this event is free and open to the public.

Miller circled the globe to interview sources for her latest book, "Champion of Choice," which was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Biographies of 2013. Her previous work includes "Desert Flower" and a memoir about her life in rural Pennsylvania, "The Birdhouse Chronicles." A winner of the Society of American Travel Writers gold award, Miller’s travel essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. She earned her M.F.A. from Penn State and currently teaches at San José State University.

Miller’s book "Desert Flower," the story of activist Waris Dirie and the Somali nomad’s experience with female genital mutilation, became an international sensation, selling 11 million copies in 55 languages. It was later adapted into a feature film and released in 34 nations. In both "Champion of Choice" and "Desert Flower," Miller uses storytelling to “demonstrate how the issues which affect one individual are representative of a larger world order.”

The reading is sponsored by Penn State’s Department of English. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Mary E. Rolling Endowment, the Joseph L. Grucci Poetry Endowment, the Institute for Arts and Humanities, the Paterno Fellows Program, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the University Libraries, and the College of the Liberal Arts.

  • Author Cathleen Miller

    Author and Penn State alumna Cathleen Miller

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated January 20, 2015