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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

by J.D. Vance

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"Coastal Elite Elegy:" A One Book Response Reading by Joe Donnelly, with Q&A

Hillbilly Elegy Event FlyerMonday, September 18th , 7-8:00 PM
Reiman Theatre (Margery Reed Hall)

JOE DONNELLY is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor, whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the LA Review of Books, Mother Jones, Washington Post, and elsewhere. His short story "Bonus Baby" is featured in the 2016 O. Henry Prize for best stories of the year. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Journalism at Whittier College and was founding editor of Slake magazine, the award-winning quarterly of long-form journalism, fiction, poetry, photography and art.  Joe will be reading "Coastal Elite Elegy," a response to J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, followed by a Q&A. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

One Book: Many Conversations Faculty Panel

September 19 One Book: Many ConversationsTuesday, September 19th, 7pm-9pm
Reiman Theatre (Margery Reed Hall)

One of the greatest rewards of joining a University community is learning more about yourself through interactions and conversations with people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and life experiences. The University of Denver faculty invite you to join a faculty-led discussion on both their personal and dis¬ciplinary readings of JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy.

  • Nancy Wadsworth, Associate Professor of Political Science (moderator)
  • Lisa Martinez, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Susan Schulten, Professor of History
  • Paul Seaborn, Assistant Professor of Management
  • Billy J. Stratton, Associate Professor of English and Literary Studies
  • John Tiedemann, Teaching Associate Professor of Writing

Encountering Stories: A showcase of the One Book, One DU shared prompt responses

Wednesday, October 18th, 6pm-7:30pm 
AAC Special Events Room 

The annual celebration and showcase of first-year writers' responses to the One Book, One DU shared prompt. Submit your response! Submissions due Friday, September 22nd, 5pm. 

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Responses may be submitted electronically (by students or by instructors on behalf of students) to the selection committee at
  2. Authors must be DU first-year students responding to the One Prompt.
  3. Submissions must also include the following information:
    • Subject Line of E-mail: Name & "Encountering Stories" Submission
    • Body of E-mail: Name, FSEM Instructor, Full Title, & Brief Description
    • Attachment: Your Response to One Prompt. Written submissions should be Microsoft Word documents. Visual submissions can be sent as PDFs. Audio and movie files may need to be sent as a link.

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AAC Appalachia Region Book Display

Available September 5th 

To support the One Book One DU Initiative for Hillbilly Elegy, during September University Libraries will be presenting a book display on the Appalachia region. Novels, poetry, and nonfiction explore this important region's culture, history, industries, and struggles. Affrilachian authors, a multicultural group that encompass many diverse viewpoints and lived histories in the Appalachian region, will be the focus of the display to boost their unique voices. The display includes works by Affrilachian poets, memoirs and stories of growing up in Appalachia, and books on the region's history. Take a look through these books and start discovering this fascinating part of our country.

More information about this and all of our book displays can be found at the library website.