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American Democracy Project

Dr. Shari Bax
Administration Building 214
Warrensburg, MO 64093


Daniel Quinn visit April 21, 2009

Come join us. One campus, One book.

The ADP adopted Ishmael as the focus of its Spring programing. The book is currently available in the university book store. Faculty, Staff, and students can purchase it at the special price of $5 until April 17th; it usually retails for $18. We hope you will read the book and plan on attending the events.

Wednesday, April 15
Brown bag lunch and Book Talk
At 12:00 in JCK Library Performance Area on the 1st floor
A moderated discussion of Ishmael. Dessert and beverage will be provided
Daniel Quinn

On Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Meet Daniel Quinn,
Reknown author of Ishmael

At 9:30 a.m. Daniel Quinn will lead a book discussion for the UCM community in Union 236. The event will feature comments by the author and a Q&A session..

At 2:00 p.m., Daniel Quinn will present "The Crash of the Taker Thunderbolt" in Hendricks Hall in the Administration Building. The presentation is open and free for all.

Daniel Quinn (1935- ) grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Creighton Prep in 1953. He studied at St. Louis University, the University of Vienna, and Loyola University of Chicago, receiving a bachelor's degree in English, cum laude, in 1957.
During a twenty-year career in educational and consumer publishing in Chicago, he served as Biography and Fine Arts editor at the American Peoples Encyclopedia, managing editor of the Greater Cleveland Mathematics Program (Science Research Associates), head of the mathematics department at Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, Executive Editor of Fuller & Dees Publishing (a division of the Times Mirror Corporation) and Editorial Director of the Society for Visual Education (a division of the Singer Corporation).

Mr. Quinn is best known as the author of Ishmael, the novel that in 1991 won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, established to encourage authors to seek "creative and positive solutions to global problems." Ishmael has been in print continuously since its publication in 1992 and has been made available in more than 25 languages. Thoroughout the U.S. and Canada and in other countries as well, Ishmael is used as a text in a broad range of classes that include anthropology, ecology, history, literature, philosophy, ethics, biology, and psychology, at age levels from middle school through graduate level.

He followed Ishmael with an autobiography, Providence (1994), The Story Of B (1996), a novel that continues the philosophical and religious exploration begun in Ishmael; and My Ishmael: A Sequel (1997), in which it's learned that, unbeknownst to the narrator of Ishmael, Ishmael was working with another pupil, a twelve-year-old girl. Other works include Beyond Civilization (1999), a nonfiction work that explores, among other relevant topics, tribal ways of making a living that work here and now; After Dachau (2001), a novel that critics have compared to Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and 1984; The Man Who Grew Young, a graphic novel that tells the unique and fascinating story of a man who lives backward through time and history; The Holy (2002), a metaphysical thriller that has been compared to John Fowles' The Magus (and which won the 2003 Independent Publisher Award for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller of the Year); Tales of Adam (2005), written as part of an early version of the book that ultimately became Ishmael, illustrated by Michael McCurdy; Work, Work, Work, (2006), a children's book with Quinn's own illustrations; and If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways, in which the author investigates the source of his own ideas (which so many readers have found mysteriously alien). His short fiction has appeared in The Quarterly, Asylum, Magic Realism, and elsewhere. (Excerpt taken from The Ishmael Companion: About Daniel Quinn)

President Podolofsky, Dr. Shari Bax, and Daniel Quinn