Author Sue Miller holds exclusive discussion with humanities students, faculty

As one of the keynote speakers for the Utah Humanities Council’s annual Book Festival, nationally acclaimed author Sue Miller will be speaking today at the U in the LNCO Lounge (room 2110) at 2 p.m., as well as tonight at the City Library at 7 p.m.

Miller has agreed to join students and faculty for an exclusive discussion prior to her library engagement to talk about her work and literature in general-all humanities students are invited, and writers are encouraged to attend.

Miller is the author of a number of bestselling novels, including While I was Gone and Inventing the Abbotts, which was made into a major motion picture. Her work focuses largely on the dynamics of the modern American family-an institution she calls “among the most fascinating of human social or economic inventions.”

Miller dissects the barriers constructed around the American family, laying bare the personalities and idiosyncrasies of her characters with a dynamic combination of insight, compassion and honesty.

Heidi Camp, assistant dean of research and communication in the College of Humanities, said that Miller was selected from a number of prospective writers and speakers because she has a wide appeal and speaks to a broad audience of readers and writers.

Camp said she looks forward to the engaging way in which Miller’s perspective and experience will interact with the insight and intellect of the U’s creative writers.

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