Alexandra Fuller, an author who grew up in Africa and now lives in Wyoming, will visit Black Hills State University March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Clare & Josef Meier Recital Hall.
Fuller’s visit includes classroom discussions in which some students will have the opportunity to participate.
In anticipation of Fuller’s visit, a discussion of her book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, will be held in the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Amy Fuqua, director of the BHSU Honors Program, will lead the discussion.
Fuller has written three books of non-fiction. Her debut book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002, the 2002 Book Sense Best Non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and the winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Her second book, Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier (2004), won the Ulysses Prize for the Art of Reportage.
Her latest book, The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, was a 2008 Book Sense Pick. Fuller has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers including The New Yorker and National Geographic. She contributed the essay on Wyoming to the 2008 book State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.
Her 2004 book, Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier, is about Fuller’s attempt as an adult to make sense of the psychology of war. She returns to Africa to visit her parents (now in Zambia) and meets a handsome, charismatic veteran of the civil war in Mozambique. They take a road trip through Mozambique so he can find some closure to his haunting experiences and so she can write about him. Fuqua notes that this book may be less appropriate for younger students but has been the subject of energetic discussions at the college level.
Fuller’s visit is sponsored by the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series which was established in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, 1924 alumna.
Past Madeline Young Speakers have included: Terry Waite, former hostage, hostage negotiator and envoy for England’s Archbishop of Canterbury; Felix Justice and Danny Glover, actors; Sam Donaldson, television broadcaster; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner; and Lech Walesa, former Polish president.
For more information or details about the books, email Amy.Fuqua@BHSU.edu or call 642-6397.