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Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on November 24, 2009

news_cas_jordan_09On Tuesday, November 17, 2009, Fairfield University welcomed acclaimed author Hillary Jordan to its campus for a night of discussion and insight. The event, which was a part of Fairfield University’s “The Inspired Writers” series, in collaboration with the Fairfield Public Library as community partner, was held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center Oak room.

The anticipation of such a prolific writer drew a large crowd, consisting of men and women from the community, those who were affiliated with the public library, Fairfield University members, and members of the community who were fans of her book, Mudbound. A large number of community book club members attended, as this lecture was their first annual book club collaboration for Fairfield, which has a rich history of reading and women’s rights.

Jordan is the author of the highly acclaimed book Mudbound, a story of racism and well-kept secrets, that was loosely based around the upbringing of her grandmother in the Deep South. As she took the podium after her gracious introduction, Jordan greeted the crowd and introduced her work and her ideas with background information on her own story. She told the audience about her family’s own ties to the Mississippi delta of the past, and delved into the stories of love and murder which she penned in her book. She then read multiple passages to the audience, and closed with an open discussion and book signing.

Fairfield University was honored to host such a highly celebrated author as Hillary Jordan, and was fortunate to welcome her to our campus for this very successful event. We anticipate the arrival of her next book, which will be completed some time in the next year.

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