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    Author Madeline Miller to Receive Award

    The author “Circe” and “The Song of Achilles,” Madeline Miller, will receive the 2019 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award from The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. Seated, from left, are Distinguished Author Award committee members: Sondra Myers, senior fellow and director of the Schemel Forum; Kara Stone, Ph.D.; Eloise Butovich, leadership gift officer; Jane Oppenheim; Violet Kelly; Charles E. Kratz, dean of the library and information fluency; and Mary McDonald. Standing: Sheli Pratt-McHugh, assistant dean of the library; Roy Domenico, Ph.D., professor of history; Narda Tafuri, associate professor, library; Annmarie Fetsko; Barbara Evans, circulation/access service clerk for the library; Kym Fetsko, administrative assistant for the library; Betsey Moylan, professor emeritus: Jennifer Pennington, administrative assistant, Office of Equity and Diversity; Rosemary A. Shaver; and Denise Gilroy.
    September 24, 2019

    The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library will honor The New York Times best-selling author Madeline Miller with the 2019 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award from The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library. The library will present the award at a dinner reception on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. Reservations and tickets are required for the dinner and award presentation. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund, which supports special gifts for the Weinberg Library collections and services.

    Prior to the dinner reception, a book signing open to the public will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of DeNaples Center.

    Miller’ latest book, “Circe,” inspired by the mythological witch in Homer’s “Odyssey,” became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and is currently short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her first book, “Song of Achilles,” inspired by characters in Homer’s “Illiad,” was also a New York Times bestseller. It was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, among other awards, and has been translated into over 25 languages. 

    Miller’s essays have appeared in numerous publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Telegraph and NPR.org.

    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. The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library envisioned the series 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. Past recipients of the award have included numerous best-selling authors.

    For more information and to purchase tickets for the Distinguished Author Award reception and presentation, contact Kym Fetsko at 570-941-7816 or kym.fetsko@scranton.edu. For more on Miller, visit madelinemiller.com. Miller’s books will be available for sale at the event.

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    Human Stories: Madeline Miller on Her Novel Circe

    By: Alexis Ward ’20, student correspondent
    Madeline Miller, author of “Circe,” discussed her novel at the Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award dinner on Oct. 5.
    Alexis Ward ’20, Wysox, is an English, philosophy and Asian studies triple major and member of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the undergraduate Honors Program at The University of Scranton.
    Alexis Ward ’20, Wysox, is an English, philosophy and Asian studies triple major and member of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the undergraduate Honors Program at The University of Scranton.

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