2011 Community Read

The book chosen for the 2011 CALS/Centre County Reads Community Read was Jeannette Walls's Half Broke Horses.


"Family" Writing Contest:

Grand Prize Winner: Michelle K. Baker, Penn State Ph. D. candidate in the College of Communications, for "Wednesdays at the Q-Tip Diner"

Best Short Nonfiction: Lucy Green, Penn State MFA student, for "The Rule of Magic"

Best Short Fiction: Ben DeMeter, Penn State senior, for "Dig"

Honorable Mention: V. Jo Hsu, Penn State MFA student, for "Ghost Money"

Best Parody: Steven Deutsch, Centre County resident, for "Half-Broke Schwinns"

Best under-18 entry: a tie, between Margaret Rothrock, Centre County resident age 13, for "True Story" and Katrina A. Verlinde, Centre County resident age 12, for "The Blizzard Family"

Many thanks, once more, to all who sent in their work for the judges' consideration, and congratulations to all the winners!

Discussion with Elizabeth Kadetsky on Memoir:

Over 50 faculty, students and members of the public at large listened to Visiting Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kadetsky discuss how she manages the boundaries between memoir and fiction. Below, Kadetsky answers an audience member's question.