Author Wally Lamb visits Quinnipiac

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Wally Lamb visited Quinnipiac on March 18 to read excerpts from his novel, "We Are Water"

March 19, 2014 - Renowned author Wally Lamb visited Quinnipiac on March 18 to read excerpts from his new novel, "We Are Water."

The event was part of the creative writing program's "Yawp!" series, an open dialogue on creativity and the arts.

"Wally Lamb has always been one of the most generous figures," said Kenneth Cormier, an assistant professor of English who organizes the "Yawp!" series. "Everybody will tell you that. He is a remarkably gifted writer, and he has always been so approachable and generous with his readers and the literary community." 

A Connecticut native, Lamb is the author of four New York Times best-selling novels: "Wishin' and Hopin'," "The Hour I First Believed," "I Know This Much is True," and "She's Come Undone" and was twice selected for Oprah's Book Club. "We Are Water" is his fifth novel. 

Lamb also edited "Couldn't Keep It to Myself" and "I'll Fly Away," two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past 14 years. 

Honors for Lamb include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Connecticut Center for the Book's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Connecticut Bar Association's Distinguished Public Service Award, the Barnes and Noble "Writers for Writers" Award, the Connecticut Governor's Arts Award, The National Institute of Business/Apple Computers "Thanks To Teachers" award, and the 2010 Arts and Letters award from the YMCA of New York City. 

Lamb earned bachelor's and master's degrees in teaching from the University of Connecticut and a master's of fine arts in writing degree from Vermont College.

"He was a teacher for the early part of his career and he continues to teach in different ways," Cormier said. "Having him come to Quinnipiac is great. He's such a big name."

"Yawp!" started in Fall 2012 and features four visiting writers per semester. The Spring 2014 semester series also includes visits from Roger Reeves on April 4 and Kaye McDonough on April 25. 

"We are working to build and sustain a vibrant literary community at Quinnipiac," Cormier said. "We are extremely excited to welcome these excellent writers and poets."