Distinguished Author Award to be Presented Oct. 13

    Writer Lorene Cary will receive the 2018 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award from The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library at a dinner reception on Saturday, Oct. 13. Seated, from left, are Distinguished Author Award committee members: Charles E. Kratz, dean of the library and information fluency; Gretchen Welby, Ph.D., Distinguished Author Award committee chair and vice-president of the Friends of the Library; Mary McDonald, president, Friends of the Library; Violet Kelly; Frank X.J. Homer, Ph.D., professor emeritus; and Jennifer Pennington, administrative assistant, Office of Equity and Diversity. Standing are: Narda Tafuri; Sondra Myers, director of the University’s Schemel Forum; Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D., professor emeritus; Adam Pratt, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; Barbara Evans, circulation/access service clerk for the library; Jean Lenville, associate dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library; Phyllis Reinhardt; John McInerney, Ph.D., professor emeritus; Bonnie Strohl, associate dean emerita, library; Geri Botyrius; Carl Schaffer, professor of English and theatre; Kym Fetsko, administrative assistant for the library; A. Clarice Zaydon, M.D.; and Casey Welby.
    September 13, 2018

    The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library will honor acclaimed writer Lorene Cary with the 2018 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award on Saturday, Oct. 13. Cary’s books include her best-selling memoir “Black Ice,” “If Sons, Then Heirs,” “The Price of a Child,” “Pride” and “FREE! Great Escapes on the Underground Railroad.” Also, her essays have appeared in publications like Newsweek, Time, Essence and O Magazine. In 1998, Cary founded Art Sanctuary to create unique programs for African-American artists, performers and writers in Philadelphia.

    The evening event will take place in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center and includes a cocktail reception, dinner and award presentation. Tickets are $60 per person, $55 for Friends of the Library and Schemel Forum members, $25 for students and $20 for student Friends members. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund, which supports special gifts for the Weinberg Library collections and services.

    In addition, there will be a book signing open to the public from 4 to 5 p.m. in the DeNaples Center.

    Named in honor of the late Rev. Royden B. Davis, S.J., who served in many roles at the University and as rector of the Jesuit Community, the Distinguished Author Award was established in 1997 as a way to honor notable fiction and non-fiction authors, and to give them the opportunity to share their literary pursuits and impressions with Northeastern Pennsylvanians.

    For more information or to reserve a ticket for the dinner, contact Kym Fetsko at 570-941-7816 or For more on Cary, visit

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