UAA hosts free lecture by bestselling author T.C. Boyle - March 27, 2007

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Free tickets available now As part of the unique UAA/APU Book of the Semester program collaboration, T.C. Boyle, bestselling author of several books including Drop City, The Road to Wellville, The Inner Circle, World's End, The Tortilla Curtain, among others, will speak at UAA's Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture. Free tickets are available at

T.C. Boyle's work has been described as edgy, moving, strange and powerful. With more than 19 books to his credit, Boyle has explored themes such as racism, identity theft, sexuality, communal living, prolonged life, and family drama. The Tortilla Curtain, the UAA/APU Book of the Semester, addresses the hotly-contested issue of illegal immigration, particularly at the California/Mexico border. Through the story of a Mexican couple, Boyle examines poverty, desperation and the dark underbelly of the American Dream.

Born and raised in Peekskill, New York, T.C. Boyle is a graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam; he received his doctorate in 19th Century English literature from the University of Iowa in 1977. Boyle's work has appeared in many major American magazines, including The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, The Paris Review, and The Atlantic Monthly. The father of three, Boyle lives with his wife, Karen, and their children near Santa Barbara, California, in a house designed in 1909 by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The UAA/APU Book of the Semester program is part of an ongoing partnership between the two universities to engage the faculty and students in constructive dialogue about sensitive political, religious, racial, and cultural issues. Partially funded by the Ford Foundation, the Book of the Semester program is part of the Foundation's Difficult Dialogues initiative.

For additional information about the T.C. Boyle lecture and book signing, or to learn more about the Book of the Semester program, please contact John Dede at 786-4517. To reserve tickets for the T.C. Boyle lecture, visit

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