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Elliott University Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets go on sale December 1 from

Kim Edwards’ debut novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, became an international sensation, selling more than four million copies in the United States and spending an unbelievable 122 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, 23 of those weeks in the number one spot. The book was deemed “The Book of the Year” in 2006 by USA Today, saying, “once you've read this heart wrenching story, it's easy to understand why it has connected with millions of readers.” Her collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King, an alternate for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, was rereleased in 2007.

On tour for the paperback release of The Lake of Dreams, A CONVERSATION WITH KIM EDWARDS, is her only North Carolina appearance. Edwards has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, a British Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Nelson Algren Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Story, and The Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Award for excellence in Fiction. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches writing at the University of Kentucky.

The program will be moderated by James Dodson. An award-winning journalist and author, Dodson serves as the Writer-in-Residence for The Pilot newspaper, Editor of the award-winning PineStraw Magazine, and Editor of O.Henry Magazine, a new arts and culture publication in Greensboro. His most recent book, A Son of the Game, was named “Top Golf Book of the Year” by the International Network of Golf, the same award his book Final Rounds won in 1997. In 2011, Dodson was named winner of the Donald Ross Award, given annually by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, for his significant literary contributions to the game of golf.

BOOKMARKS is a proud partner of this event with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, a support organization for the University Libraries at UNCG. Since 1959, the Friends have been active in bringing authors and public figures to Greensboro to speak. Recent speakers have included Lee Smith and Hal Crowther, as well as Jill McCorkle, Clyde Edgerton, and Robert Morgan.

BOOKMARKS is a triad based literary nonprofit, whose mission is to champion literacy, promote cultural diversity through reading, and offer enrichment and education through literary experiences celebrating books and authors. The 2011 BOOKMARKS Festival of Books hosted 40 authors and brought 7,000 people to Downtown Winston-Salem. Monthly author events are held throughout the year including fundraisers such as our “Conversations With” events. By the end of 2011, BOOKMARKS’ authors will have visited with 2,500 children in local schools across the triad.

Additional media support provided by the News & Record, WFDD 88.5 FM, and the Winston-Salem Journal. Books will be for sale both before and after the program. Kim Edwards will sign books immediately following the program.

Questions for Kim Edwards may be sent before the program by e-mailing:

General Admission: Includes one ticket for the Conversation Event, followed by a book signing after the program, and free parking in the Oakland deck. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
$12.00 - General Admission Tickets for Students if purchased in advance (Please be prepared to show your Student ID when you present your ticket.)
$15.00 - General Admission Tickets if purchased in advance
$22.00 - General Admission Tickets if purchased at the door (This option may not be available if the event is sold out.)

Premier Admission: Begins at 6 p.m.
$75.00 - This includes one ticket for the Conversation Event at 7:30 p.m. with reserved premier seating and free parking in the Walker deck as well as a private reception with Kim Edwards beginning at 6:00 p.m. featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, a paperback copy of The Lake of Dreams and a book signing. ($25.00 is tax deductible). Specific details about parking (including a map) will be sent prior to the event.

Visit to purchase tickets with your credit card through our 24 hour / 7 days a week ticketing system.

General Admission for Groups of 10 or more: Before January 10, please contact BOOKMARKS: / 336-460-4722 for $12 group tickets. This will not be handled through our ticketing system.

All sales are final and there will be no refunds. Should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather, tickets can be used for a future “Conversations With” event during the 2012 year sponsored by BOOKMARKS. Further information will be provided by e-mail to all ticket holders under these circumstances.