April 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April. 15, 2013 — Drury will host accomplished biographer and literary scholar Resa Willis in a discussion and reading of her new memoir, Farmer’s Daughter and I Can Prove It. Willis will share stories from her work and the challenges and rewards of writing a memoir. The reading will take place Wednesday, April 17 in the Harwood Reading Room of the Olin Library at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Farmer’s Daughter and I Can Prove It is a lively reflection on growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s on an Iowa farm. Willis reminisces about life lessons rooted in rural life: hard work, education, family, community and the old joke, sex. Though she began “Farmer’s Daughter” as a memoir for her city-girl nieces who were curious about life on the farm, the humorous vignettes Willis shares in this book will bring smiles to readers of both rural and urban backgrounds. “Farmer’s Daughter” is available on Amazon as an e-book for download.
Willis is a Professor of English at Drury and the author of the acclaimed biography Mark and Livy, the Love Story of Mark Twain and the Woman Who Almost Tamed Him, based on the nearly 40-year marriage of Mark Twain and Olivia Langdon Clemens. The book was nominated for a PEN Award in biography and is optioned for a film. Willis also wrote FDR and Lucy: Lovers and Friends, which explores the 31-year intimate relationship of President Franklin Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd. Originally published in hardcover, both biographies have been reissued in paperback and e-book formats.
The reading is organized by the Drury English Department and Writing Center and coincides with the Drury Theme Year Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy in celebration of Willis’s accomplishment.
Media Contact: Dr. Resa Willis, English Professor, Office: (417) 873-7314, E-mail: email@example.com