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Renowned Author Daniel Quinn to Speak at UCM

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 13, 2009) –Daniel Quinn, author of the internationally acclaimed novel, “Ishmael,” will speak on “The Crash of the Taker Thunderbolt” at the University of Central Missouri at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Hendricks Hall.

Quinn's presentation is co-sponsored by the American Democracy Project at UCM and the UCM Office of the Provost.

During a 20-year career in education and consumer publishing in Chicago, Quinn served in a variety of executive editorial positions. However, he is best known for his novel, "Ishmael," which 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. Throughout Canada and other countries, the novel is used as a text in a broad range of classes in anthropology, ecology, history, literature, philosophy, ethics, biology and psychology, at age levels from middle school through graduate studies.

Quinn followed "Ishmael" with an autobiography, "Providence," in 1994; "The Story of B" in 1996, a novel that continues the philosophical and religious exploration begun in "Ishmael"; and "My Ishmael: A Sequel" in 1997.

Quinn instituted the Stateville Penitentiary Writers' Workshop from 1969-71 and served on the Board of Listeners of the World Uranium Hearing, Salzburg, Austria, convened in 1992 to hear testimony of victims of uranium mining, nuclear waste disposal, and nuclear power disasters around the world.

Quinn's presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shari Garber Bax in the UCM Department of Political Science, 660-543-8948.