I have some extra tickets from a local host teacher who receives free tickets (as do all high school teachers) for the Onondaga County Public Library lecture series on Wed. at 7:30.
These lectures take place at the Civic Center in downtown Syracuse.
Tracy Kidder is a very well known author whose most recent book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Man Who Would Cure the World has been a NYTimes bestseller for months now. Kidder’s writing has been called creative non-fiction or literary journalism.
His book about Farmer is sensational. Farmer’s life is a paen to service. In 1987, Farmer helped found a nonprofit called Partners in Health, which says its mission is both medical and moral. Now, the group treats 1,000 patients daily for free in the Haitian countryside. The group also works to cure drug-resistant tuberculosis among prisoners in Siberia and in the slums of Lima, Peru. Kidder’s book is the common reading experience at many colleges and universities, including Syracuse, this year.
You can listen to this NPR interview with Farmer.
Kidder is in the first ranks of non-fiction writers I have wanted to hear speak. Years ago I found his Among Schoolchildren a study of a young Holyoke, Mass. elementary school teacher one of the most compelling studies of a teacher and her classroom that I had then read.
If you would like a ticket for the lecture–let me know. I’m always home by 9:00 p.m. It’s not a late night.
Hearing a wide range of authors speak/read over many years was one of the most important things I did for my own personal development as an Eng. teacher. I encourage you to go. Here’s an interesting interview with Kidder done by a Post Standard reporter who blogs about the lecture series.
I was saddened to read here at Laura’s blog that Norman Mailer has been hospitalized with respiratory problems. He’s 84. It was amazing to hear him speak, with one of his sons, as part of this lecture series last year. KES