Library Associates to Present Author Julie Schumacher
Date: October 29, 2019
Times: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hamre Recital Hall in the Humanities Building on the campus of Augustana.
Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5; children and Augustana students are free.
Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5; children and Augustana students are free. For information, call the Mikkelsen Library at 605.274.4921.
About Julie Schumacher
Julie Schumacher is an “award-winning academic satirist.” Her books, "Dear Committee Members" (2014) and "The Shakespeare Requirement" (2018) “riff on colleges’ corporatization, the withering of the humanities, and scholars’ eccentricity.” The book "Dear Committee Members" features “bumbling, dentally challenged” English Professor Jason Fitger and a year’s worth of recommendation letters as the means to tell a story resulting in a book described as “outrageous and hilarious” and “bitingly funny.” Its sequel, "The Shakespeare Requirement" reverts to a more traditional narrative style, with a “wicked satire of the inner workings of the academy.”
Schumacher’s first novel, "The Body Is Water," was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. "Dear Committee Members" received the Thurber Prize for American Humor, making Schumacher the first female recipient of this prestigious award. Her other books include "Doodling for Academics" and five novels for younger readers: "Grass Angel" (2004), "The Chain Letter" (2005), "The Book of One Hundred Truths" (2006), "Black Box" (2008), and "The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls" (2012).
Ms. Schumacher lives in St. Paul and is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, where she has been recognized as a “Scholar of the College.”
About the Augustana Library Associates
As a support group for the Mikkelsen Library, the Augustana Library Associates strengthen the financial base of the library to promote the expansion of library holdings and services and to enhance opportunities for academic excellence. Additionally, the Library Associates provide a program of cultural events and continuing education for the benefit of members, the University and the community.