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Libba Bray returns home to Denton as speaker for TWU’s Joyce Thompson Lecture


DENTON — Bestselling author and former Denton resident Libba Bray is the guest speaker for the 2007 Joyce Thompson Memorial Lecture at Texas Woman’s University.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory (MCL) Auditorium on TWU’s Denton campus.  For a map of the campus, visit www.twu.edu/maps.asp.

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation, titled “I’m Trying to Tell You, but You’re Not Listening: What It Means to Write for the Teen Audience.”  For more information, contact Sherilyn Bird, director of the TWU Libraries, at (940) 898-3770 or at sbird1@twu.edu.

Ms. Bray’s books A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels have been named to the New York Times bestseller list.  She has contributed short stories to the anthologies 21 Proms, Restless Dead and Up All Night (HarperCollins, spring 2008).  Her third novel in the Gemma Doyle trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing, will be published by Delacorte in December 2007.

Ms. Bray’s books have been named to the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Texas Library Association’s Tayshas Reading List.  She received the NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Bookseller Association) Young Adult Book of the Year Award in 2005 and 2006, and was the recipient of the 2007 Iowa High School Book Award.  Her plays have been produced in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Los Angeles and New York City, and the movie rights to her trilogy have been optioned by Icon Productions.

Ms. Bray was born in Alabama and grew up in Denton.  As a student, she was active in the Denton Community Theater.  She is the daughter of Nancy Bray of Denton, a TWU master of arts graduate and a distinguished teacher who retired from the Denton Independent School District after many years of teaching at Strickland Middle School and Ryan High School.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Bray moved to New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, literary agent Barry Goldblatt, and their son, Joshua.  She will serve as a keynote speaker for the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in New York in November.

The 2007 Joyce Thompson Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Friends of the TWU Library.  The lecture series highlights American literature and culture and honors the memory of Dr. Joyce Thompson, TWU professor of English from 1975 to 1992.




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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer
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e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

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