Great Read Gala Celebration

Hamlet's BlackberryThe Great Read will hold our Gala Celebration 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Lewis University in the University Dining Room, Route 53, in Romeoville. The celebration will be our final event for the 2010/2011 year. Meet and talk with Hamlet’s Blackberry author William Powers, and help recognize and honor the winners of the Great Read 2011 student and community art and writing contests. Prizes will be awarded, and light refreshments will be served.

The best place to park for the event is in Lot G, which is next to the Student Recreation and Fitness Center. However, there is construction on campus, so be careful. You will enter campus, turn right and follow the road around by the airport, turning left when the road turns.  You will come to a stop sign.  Turn left at the stop sign and enter Parking Lot G on your right.

William Powers began his journalism career at The Washington Post where in the 1990s he covered business, politics, popular culture and other subjects.  His widely read Post column, The Magazine Reader, launched his career as a leading thinker and writer on life in the age of information.

His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Guardian and many other publications.  He created The New Republic’s first media column and for years wrote an influential weekly column for Atlantic Media’s National Journal.  He is known for his lively writing style and his knack for translating complex topics into lucid, engaging prose.  He is a two-time winner of the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for best American media commentary.

Hamlet’s BlackBerry is Powers’ first book.  He is married to author Martha Sherrill and they live in Massachusetts with their son.

I hope to see everyone there!

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