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North Central College welcomes two notable authors during Naperville Reads 2012

Luis Alberto Urrea
A pair of notable authors will speak and sign books at North Central College in February as part of the 11th annual Naperville Reads celebration.

Jan. 30, 2012—A pair of notable authors will speak and sign books at North Central College in February as part of the 11th annual Naperville Reads celebration.

Anderson’s Bookshops present appearances by authors Antonio Sacre on Thursday, Feb. 9, and Luis Alberto Urrea on Thursday, Feb. 23. Both events begin at 7 p.m. in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Contact Anderson’s at 630-355-2665, visit andersonsbookshop.com or Naperville Public Library branches for free tickets.

Kira Simeone

During a transfer visit day at North Central College, Kira realized she found the right place to finish her degree. “I remember experiencing the college tour, but the standout part of the day was talking to knowledgeable people from the different departments and offices. I was so impressed when I met with the financial aid representative because I felt other schools weren’t interested in helping a nontraditional student like me afford a quality education.”

Other factors for choosing North Central were location, liberal arts curriculum and knowledgeable faculty.  “The school had an amazing reputation and cared about each of the students.”

Kira developed strong relationships with many English professors. “I knew I could talk to any of them at any time, and they were always helpful and available. I couldn’t have made it through without their support. But now, here I am, the first person in my immediate family to get a bachelor’s degree and I’m so grateful.”

Iowa newspaper profiles English professor, novelist

A daily newspaper talks to Zachary Michael Jack, assistant professor of English, about his family's roots in Iowa and his latest novel.

A daily newspaper talks to Zachary Michael Jack, assistant professor of English, about his family's roots in Iowa and his latest novel.

The Daily Iowan, the newspaper of the University of Iowa, interviewed Jack about his new book, "Native Soulmate: A Season in Search of a Love Homegrown." Jack says it's part love story, part adventure story and an exploration of current issues that concern rural and small-town Iowa and the Midwest.

North Central College honors Peace Corps administrator with Outstanding Alumni Award

North Central College is honoring Esther Benjamin, associate director for global operations for the Peace Corps, with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

This is the second of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Oct. 10, 2011—North Central College is honoring Esther Benjamin of Mitchellville, Md., with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

North Central alumna Kristine Book teaching children in South Korea

Kristine Book
Kristine Book, a 2006 alumna of North Central College, is teaching communication skills to schoolchildren in South Korea.

Kristine Book, a 2006 alumna of North Central College, is teaching communication skills to schoolchildren in South Korea.

The Sauk Valley News in Book’s hometown of Dixon, Ill., recently published an article about her experiences. She’s teaching six classes a day, Monday through Friday, she told the newspaper.

North Central College welcomes Sesquicentennial author Philippa Gregory Oct. 23

North Central College will host a talk by Philippa Gregory Oct. 23 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

North Central College will host a talk by Philippa Gregory Oct. 23 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

Molly Shannon to discuss new children’s book Sept. 28 at North Central College

North Central College hosts Molly Shannon Sept. 28 when Anderson’s Bookshops present the actress discussing “Tilly the Trickster,” her new book.

North Central College will host Molly Shannon Sept. 28 when Anderson’s Bookshops present the actress discussing “Tilly the Trickster,” her new book for young readers.

Oct. 21 music faculty performance to include piece written by local resident

Victoria VerHoven
An Oct. 21 performance by members of North Central College’s music faculty will include a piece written by a local resident.

Oct. 11, 2011—An Oct. 21 performance by members of North Central College’s music faculty will include a piece written by a local resident.

The free performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in North Central College’s Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School St. No tickets are required.

North Central College welcomes Sesquicentennial author Bill Bryson Oct. 26

North Central College will host a talk by Bill Bryson Oct. 26 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

Oct. 7, 2011—North Central College will host a talk by Bill Bryson Oct. 26 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

Bryson’s talk begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. The cost is $22 and includes a copy of a new paperback edition of his book “At Home: A Short History of Private Life,” and admission to the author event, question-and-answer session and signing line.

Publication profiles English professor Zachary Jack on eve of author's talk

Publication profiles English professor Zachary Jack on eve of author's talk

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The River Cities Reader recently profiled Associate Professor of English Zachary Jack in a piece that talked about how he is a descendant of seven generations of  families in Iowa.

Jack will deliver an author’s talk and read from his creative-nonfiction book “Native Soulmate” (scheduled for September release) at the Bettendorf Public Library on Thursday, July 21.



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