Author Dana Walrath to conclude first half of 2016-2017 UAB Writers’ Series

Author Dana Walrath will present a workshop and book reading Oct. 28 at UAB’s Hill Student Center.

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writers seriesThe UAB Writers’ Series will hold its final event of 2016 with writer, artist and anthropologist Dana Walrath.

Walrath will present a workshop Friday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. and hold a book reading at 2 p.m. in the UAB Hill Student Center Ballroom A, 1400 University Blvd.

Walrath crosses borders and disciplines with her work. After years of using stories and art to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, she spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia, where she completed her first book, “Like Water on Stone,” a verse novel about the Armenian genocide of 1915. Loosely based on the story of her grandmother, “Like Water on Stone” is a Notable Book for a Global Society Award Winner, a Bank Street Best Book of 2015, a Vermont Book Award finalist and more. Her newly released graphic memoir, “Aliceheimer’s” — about life with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia — has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has spoken extensively about the role of comics in healing throughout North America and Eurasia, including two TEDx talks.

Her anthropological work on childbirth, genocide and the end of life has appeared in edited volumes and anthropological journals, and she is a co-author of one of the leading college textbook series in anthropology.

The UAB Writers’ Series is an annual offering of the Creative Writing program. Nationally recognized authors are invited to UAB to give readings and participate in Q&A sessions. Readings are free and open to the public.

The UAB Writers’ Series will pick up again March 27, 2017, with author Ralph Eubanks. For more information and a complete lineup of authors, click here.

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