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Bill Bryson to Speak at Wofford College

Monday, March 24, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC—Internationally acclaimed author Bill Bryson, known for his humorous travel books, will speak at Wofford College on Tuesday, April 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Verandah Room of the Richardson Physical Activities Building. It will be an informal question-and-answer session, and is free and open to the public.

Bryson, whose books include bestseller “A Walk in the Woods,” will speak and read at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on East Main Street.

Bryson, an Iowa native, started out writing travel articles for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent. “The Lost Continent,” Bryson’s humorous first travel book, chronicles his trip in his mother’s Chevy around small-town America. Since then, he has written several more about the United Kingdom and the U.S., including notable bestsellers “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” and “In a Sunburned Country.” His other books including “Bill Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words,” “Nether Here Nor There: Travels in Europe,” “Made in America,” and “The Mother Tongue.”

“Bill Bryson’s African Diary,” about his recent trip to Kenya, was published in December 2002, and his next book, “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” is scheduled to be out in May.

Bryson’s appearances in Spartanburg are made possible by a partnership of the Wofford College Writers Series, the Friends of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation.