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PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY: Wheeling 250 - Wheeling in Literature: Part 1 - Keith Maillard

November 05, 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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People's University at the Ohio County Public Library, in partnership with Wheeling 250, the Wheeling Arts & Cultural Commission, and the Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books presents "Wheeling in Literature," a five-part series.

Part 1: Fatherless: A Memoir with Keith Maillard 

Keith Maillard is the author of fourteen novels, most recently Twin Studies, the winner of the Alberta Book of the Year Award in Fiction. Born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, he has lived in Vancouver for most of his adult life. He has been a musician, photographer, and journalist, and has taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia since 1989.

The story of his new memoir, Fatherless (WVU Press, 2019), begins with a phone call out of the blue: a lawyer tells a writer that his 96-year-old father, with whom he has had no contact since the age of three and whom he has twice tried to find without success, has just died, leaving him nothing. Half-reluctant, half-fascinated, both angry and curious, Keith Maillard begins to research his father’s life. The result is a suspenseful work of historical reconstruction—a social history often reading like a detective story—as well as a psychologically acute portrait of the impact of a father’s absence. Walking a tightrope between the known and the unknown, and following a trail that takes him from Vancouver to Montreal to his native Wheeling, Maillard has pulled off a book that only a novelist of his stature could write.

*Note: This program will be presented live via Skype.


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ABOUT PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY:

The People’s University features courses (taught by experts in each subject) that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as history, music appreciation, philosophy, and literature. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests of other requirements and all programs are free and open to the public.


- Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 
People's University starts at 7 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. 


ABOUT PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY:

The People’s University features courses (taught by experts in each subject) that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as history, music appreciation, philosophy, and literature. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests of other requirements and all programs are free and open to the public.


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