KU Libraries to bring Read Across Lawrence to campus

LAWRENCE — KU Libraries are partnering with Lawrence Public Library in the 10th Read Across Lawrence. This year’s event is bringing the community together to read and discuss “Winter’s Bone,” the acclaimed novel by KU alumnus Daniel Woodrell.

The author will appear on campus and in the community to discuss his book at a variety of events. He will speak to a new generation of aspiring writers at “Woodrell on Writing,” 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in The Commons at Spooner Hall. The event, hosted by John C. Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies, is free. At 7:30 p.m. that day Woodrell will speak at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence about the landscape of Ozark literature, his writing process and all things “Winter’s Bone.”

The novel is a modern American tragedy that explores poverty and family tradition as a young girl searches for her father amidst the culture of meth production in the Ozarks. Ree Dolly’s father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a meth lab, and the family will lose their home if he doesn’t appear at his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, the 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. The book was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film in 2010.

Look online for more KU Libraries events. To learn more about the program, including Read Across Lawrence for Kids, a first this year, visit online.