Thursday, February 28, 2013

Robin Jones Gunn to speak at SBU April 29

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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Robin Jones Gunn to speak at SBU April 29

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Award-winning Christian author Robin Jones Gunn is speaking from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Davis-Newport Theatre in the Jester Learning and Performance Center at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, as part of the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series. A book signing will be afterwards. 

“Robin Jones Gunn’s books introduced me to a world that I often escaped into as I grew up,” SBU senior Lauren Knutson said. “I am very excited about the opportunity to meet Gunn and thank her for creating good friends who stuck with me through adolescence and taught me how to live according to my faith.”

Gunn is the author of the Sisterchicks® novels and several series — including Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, Glenbrooke and Katie Weldon — for young adults. She has sold more than 5 million copies of her 82 books since her first book was published in 1988.

She began writing Christian young adult novels when she became concerned about what she saw girls in her church youth group reading. The girls then gave her ideas of what to write about, and she spent many mornings, beginning at 3 a.m., writing her books.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Jester Learning and Performance Center is the first building on the right after entering the campus from Springfield Avenue.

For more information, contact Dr. Holly Hill-Stanford, professor of English and director of the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series, at (417) 328-1682.

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