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Joyce Gibson Roach to speak at TWU’s Thompson Memorial Lecture


DENTON — Author Joyce Gibson Roach will offer perspective on small-town life for women in West Texas with her presentation “Chronicles of Toad” at the 15th Annual Joyce Thompson Memorial Lecture, Nov. 2, at Texas Woman’s University.

The lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the MCL auditorium located on Bell Avenue on TWU’s Denton campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call (940) 898-2665.

Roach is a three-time Spur Award winner from the Western Writers of America for her nonfiction, short nonfiction and short-fiction works. She also received the Carr P. Collins prize for nonfiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for “Eats: A Folk History of Texas Foods” with co-author Ernestine Sewell Linck. Her “Chronicles of Toad” are included in “Writing on the Wind: An Anthology of West Texas Women Writers” published in 2005 by Texas Tech Press.

Roach’s creative work, both in the form of short stories and short pieces, often centers on characters and events from small-town West Texas life.

The Joyce Thompson Lecture is an annual event honoring the memory of Dr. Joyce Thompson, professor of English, who served as a member of the TWU faculty from 1977 until her death in 1992 at the age of 48. She was the founder of the Women and American Literature and the Ethnic Literature courses at TWU.

Author of more than 30 published works, Dr. Thompson’s major writings included “Marking A Trail: A History of the Texas Woman's University,” “Texas Women: The Myth/The Reality” and “Ladies’ Firsts: A Miscellany.”


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

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