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Award-winning author Kim Barnes to hold reading, signing at Wittliff

By Kayla J. Kayden
University News Service
September 29, 2014

Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes

Author Kim Barnes will visit Texas State University for a book reading and signing at the Wittliff Collections on Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. and at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle on Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Barnes’ first memoir, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, received the PEN/Jerard Fund Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.  Her second memoir, Hungry for the World, was a Borders Books New Voices selection.

Barnes is also the author of three novels: Finding Caruso; A Country Called Home, winner of the 2009 PEN Center USA Award in Fiction; and In the Kingdom of Men.

Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including The New York Times, WSJ online, MORE Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Fourth Genre, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah and the Pushcart Prize anthology. 

Barnes is a former Idaho Writer-in-Residence and now teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of Idaho.

The Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Wittliff Collections, the Lindsey Reading Series and the Texas State Department of English sponsor this event. 

For more information, please contact Jeremy Garrett at or visit