Creative Nonfiction Author Reads Autism Memoir at Albion College

Reported by Paige Narins, '13

Randi DavenportRandi Davenport, recipient of the 2011 GLCA New Writers' Award for Creative Nonfiction, reads from her work at Albion College on Thursday, February 16 at 5 p.m. in the College library's Wendell Will Room.

Randi Davenport is the author of The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes, a memoir of a mother and a child with autism. in choosing the book, the GLCA judges noted it was "terrificallay well-crafted," with "humor, insight, and use of language [that] keep the narrative on a higher plane of engagement."

. Davenport's work has appeared in publications like The Washington Post and Women’s History Review. She studied history and creative writing at William Smith College and earned both graduate and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University. She has been a public fellow at the Institute for Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught literature and writing at Hobart and William Smith colleges, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the executive director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Great Lakes Colleges Association is a consortium of private liberal arts colleges including Albion, Antioch, Denison, DePauw, Earlham, Hope, Kalamazoo, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wabash Colleges and the College of Wooster. GLCA awards and programs both support excellent scholars and artists, as well as enhance the educational activities of its member colleges.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. For more information, please contact the English Department at (517) 629-0232.