Diversity Lecture Series: Jeannette Walls

By Miriam Thompson
Reference/Access Services Librarian

On October 26th, Jeannette Walls, writer and journalist, will be the second speaker in the 2011-2012 Diversity Lecture Series.

Walls is author of The Glass Castle, a memoir of the nomadic family life of her childhood, which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 100 weeks. In 2000, Walls published the book Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip. In 2009 her first fiction book, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, based on the life of her grandmother Lily Casey Smith, was published.

She has also written for New York magazine (the “Intelligencer” column 1987-1993), Esquire (1993–1998), USA Today, and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Primetime, and The Colbert Report. She contributed regularly to the gossip column Scoop at MSNBC.com from 1998 until her departure to write full-time in 2007.

Currently, The Glass Castle has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been translated into 22 languages. It has received the Christopher Award, the American Library Association’s Alex Award (2006) and the Books for Better Living Award.

For more information Walls and her books, please see references below. GRCC students and staff may click the links to view. For further assistance contact your GRCC librarian at 616-234-3868.

Andriani, Lynn. “Truth in nonfiction … and fiction.” Publishers Weekly 24 Aug. 2009: 38. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.
Kinsella, Bridget. “Media flocks to Scribner’s ‘Glass Castle’.” Publishers Weekly 7 Feb. 2005: 20. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.
Windolf, Jim. “A Secret of Her Own; Even as she made her name dishing celebrity dirt at New York and MSNBC.” Vanity Fair Apr. 2005: 184. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.


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