Award-Winning Author Launches New Book and New Season of the Philadelphia Speakers Series

September 27, 2013

Bryson’s new book was released Thursday.

By Maria Klecko ’15

Best-selling author and humorist Bill Bryson will kick off the tenth season of the Philadelphia Speakers Series on Tuesday with visits to Widener’s Main Campus and the Kimmel Center in Center City.

His new book, One Summer: America 1927, is “an entertaining tour through a year of Jazz Age scandal and baseball heroics,” the Financial Times said, adding that “Bryson is a master of the sidelong, a man who can turn obscurity into hilarity with seemingly effortless charm.”

Bryson has earned an Aventis Award for best general science book with his A Short History of Nearly Everything, and TIME Magazine recently named his book A Walk in the Woods as one of its All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books.

He will speak in the University Center Webb Room at 12 p.m. Tuesday. This event will precede his sold-out appearance at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday night.

The lecture on Widener’s Main Campus is free and open to the public. However, space is limited. To reserve seating, call Candice Caporale at 610-499-4112 or email cjcaporale@widener.edu.

The Speakers Series began nine years ago when former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger appeared. For more about the Speakers Series, see the new issue of Widener Magazine.


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