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Author Beverly Lowry to speak November 12

Loyola press release - October 30, 2003

(New Orleans)The Loyola University New Orleans Womens Resource Center is hosting a lecture/ reading/ booksigning by Beverly Lowry, author of a recently published biography of Madame C. J. Walker, titled Writing a Life, Seeking to Know the Heart of Another. The event will be on Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m., in the Audubon Room in the Danna Center. The event is free and the public is invited.

Lowry, a native of Greenville, Miss., has written both fiction and non-fiction. She published the non-fiction book, Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir in 1992. This book is the story of Karla Faye Tucker, a convicted murderer on death row in Texas, the death of Lowrys son and the friendship between Lowry and Tucker. Earlier this year the biography of Madame Walker was published, after having been in the works for more than ten years. The book is as much a biography of the first black woman millionaire as it is an exploration of the racial and cultural history of the American South.

Her many novels include Daddys Girl, Emma Blue and Come Back, Lolly Ray. Her short stories have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Mississippi Review, Redbook, Houston City Magazine and the Texan Humanist. Lowrys essays, profiles, and book reviews have been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone Magazine, Granta and many other journals.

Lowry currently serves as the director of the non-fiction track of the Creative Writing program at George Mason University. For more information about this event, contact Susanne Dietzel, Director of the Womens Resource Center, 864-7880 or sdietzel@loyno.edu

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