Oct. 9: Author Catherine Friend to Speak on Campus

Event Details


Date: October 8, 2012

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall

Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $6; Library Associates members $4; children and Augustana students are free.

The Augustana Library Associates presents award-winning Minnesota author Catherine Friend at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Kresge Recital Hall.

Friend’s need to write is apparent in the range of her publications from her first memoir "Hit By a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn" (2006) chronicling her transformation from Minneapolis city slicker to rural Minnesota shepherd to "The Compassionate Carnivore" (2008) in which Friend offers a unique and intimate perspective on the morals, economics and practicalities of raising and eating meat humanely.

Friend has also drawn on the farm and its inhabitants for a number of children’s books including "The Perfect Nest" (2007) and "Barn Boot Blues" (2011) complete with colorful illustrations and energy in their story telling that make them wonderful to share with children. "Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep & Enough Wool to Save the Planet" (2011) is Friend’s second memoir in which she continues the story of farming and “focuses on the middles, the times not often celebrated, ruminating on being both mid-career and middle-aged.”

It is Friend’s ability to observe and share the ordinary details of life and the world around us in ways both profound and laugh-out-loud funny that keep her readers engaged and coming back for more.

Awarded a Loft/McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, Friend has a M.S. in Economics and a B. A. in Economics and Spanish. She lives in Zumbrota, Minn., with her partner, Melissa, and helps with chores when not writing, speaking, or teaching writing workshops.

Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $6; Library Associates members $4; children and Augustana students are free.


For information call the Mikkelsen Library at 605.274.4921.