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August 18, 2005

‘Four Spirits' author to hold forum at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Best-selling author Sena Jeter Naslund will speak in an open forum at Birmingham-Southern College Monday, August 29.

The forum, the first event in a year-long celebration of the college's Sesquicentennial, will be at 6 p.m. in the Norton Theatre of the Norton Campus Center. It is open to the public and admission is free.

Naslund, a 1964 BSC graduate, wrote the critically acclaimed Four Spirits and Ahab's Wife and four other books, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, received the Harper Lee Award, and was Alabama Writer of the Year in 2001. She also was recently appointed as Kentucky Poet Laureate. She is director of the M.F.A. in Writing program at Spalding University, distinguished teaching professor at the University of Louisville, and editor of The Louisville Review.

Four Spirits is a novel set in civil rights era Birmingham and takes its title from the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church which killed four girls: Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley.

“When I was a college student in the early sixties in Birmingham, I promised myself that if I ever did become a novelist, I would write about the acts of courage and tragedy taking place in my city,” Naslund said.

For more information about the forum, call 226-4650.

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