iPick - One Book Read 10th Anniversary

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the first author visited West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) as part of its One Book Read program. This year’s guest is writer Karen Thompson Walker, the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles. Walker will be visiting the campus of WKCTC on March 13 & 14.

The author’s visit is the culmination of a series of great events that surround the One Book Read. They are all designed to stimulate interest in reading the book and engage as many local residents as possible.

This year’s events included a social media contest and a photo contest. The winners of each contest will be announced at the free author opening reception Tuesday, March 13. Winners will receive cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The winners of the photo competition will be on display at the Clemens Fine Arts Center on the campus of WKCTC through March 23.

Author Visit

To round off this One Book Read, the book’s author will attend a series of events on the WKCTC campus. The events are free and open to the public.

An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 in the Student Center. Walker will deliver a presentation to the public at 7 p.m in the Clemens Theatre. The night will end with a book signing in the Clemens Gallery at 8.15 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 14, at 11 a.m., Walker will deliver a student presentation in the Clemens Theatre. Be sure to visit onebookread.com for more information.

The Book

The Age of Miracles: On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life - the fissures in her parents' marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Author Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego, California, where The Age of Miracles is set. She studied English and creative writing at University of California, Los Angeles, where she wrote for the UCLA paper After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area before moving to New York City to attend Columbia University where she studied for a Master's Degree in Fine Arts.

A former book editor at the publishing house of Simon & Schuster, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work - sometimes while riding the subway. She is the recipient of the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.