From the pages of her celebrated memoir and one of the most anticipated films of 2017, Jeannette Walls moves you to realize the power of the human spirit as she inspires courage in the face of new and longstanding fears and reveals how our flaws can be our greatest assets.
The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.
How Gossip Became the News and the News Became Just Another Show
by Jeannette Walls
Gossip. It's more than just hearsay, society columns, and supermarket tabloids. It has, like it or not, become a mainstay of American pop culture. In Dish, industry insider Jeannette Walls gives this provocative subject its due, offering a comprehensive, serious exploration of gossip and its social, historical, and political significance.
NWF Reads is an annual event held every April featuring a week-long series of events, ranging from book drive to cake decorating — all leading up to the main event, a book signing by a featured guest author.
READS Week Events 2018
Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest Open for Submissions
Edible Book Contest Sponsored by the LRC and Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore
Monday, April 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Edible books are simply books created from food. No baking skills needed; entries can be made from bread, fruits, cheeses, vegetables, even soup! Categories are Best Adult Book, Best Children’s Book; Best Pun, and Best Non-Cake book.
NWF State College Film Club presents a screening of The Glass Castle
Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Bldg. 110, Rm. 328
Dr. David Simmons, Professor of Film Studies and Humanities, and the NWFSC Film Club will host a screening of The Glass Castle, a film based on Jeannette Walls’s memoir, a story of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant.
Children’s Book Drive
Monday, April 9 – Monday, April 16
Phi Theta Kappa will be collecting new and gently used children’s books to be donated to Nellie’s Youth Village. Look for collection boxes around campus.
Join us for a discussion of the best-seller The Glass Castle as well as Jeannette Walls’s other works.
The 2018 Blackwater Review Reading, featuring student poets and writers
Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m.
McIlroy Gallery, Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Blackwater Review invites you to preview the literary and artistic achievements of the students published in this year’s issue. Selected poets and writers will read and perform their pieces at this casual event. Light refreshments will be provided.
Join us for the official unveiling of the 2018 issue of the Blackwater Review, featuring selected student readings. The award-winning literary and fine arts journal highlights the creative talent of NWFSC students. Refreshments will be served.