Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations

13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634
March 19, 2003
Reference:  02/03:70    
  Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974

Authors Alice Sebold and Glen David Gold to Give a Public Reading and Speak at Whittier College


WHAT:                        Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones, and her husband Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil, will read from and discuss their work.

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 1

WHERE:                 The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier

13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier

COST:                         $5.00, and reservations are suggested.

ADD:                      Alice Sebold is the author of the memoir Lucky, which recounts her rape at the age of eighteen and that court trial that followed, as well as the best- selling novel The Lovely Bones.  The novel is narrated from heaven by Susie, a fourteen-year-old girl who was raped and murdered.  The book unfolds as Susie’s family and friends cope with their loss.  A review in The New York Times called the novel “ …a keenly observed portrait of familial love” and “ … a deeply affecting meditation on the ways in which terrible pain … can be redeemed.”  Sebold attended Syracuse University and the University of Houston, and later returned to school when she was in her 30s and received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine.


                             Glen David Gold’s debut novel, Carter Beats the Devil, weaves together fact and fiction and is filled with historical references, including President Warren G. Harding, the magician Charles Carter, and Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television.  A review in Fortune magazine called the novel a “throwback to a time when novels were fun above all else.”  Gold attended Wesleyan University and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.  He held a variety of day jobs and wrote extensively for Bay Area newspapers before being accepted into UC Irvine’s MFA program in fiction writing in 1995.  When Carter Beats the Devil was accepted for publication, Gold proposed to Alice Sebold, a classmate from the MFA program.


INFORMATION:         Tickets are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.


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