Posted on Sep 26, 1997

Andrea Barrett '74, winner of the 1996 National Book Award for fiction for her collection Ship Fever and Other Stories, will speak Monday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

There will be a reception after the lecture in Old Chapel.

Barrett also will meet informally with members of the campus community
on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. in the Humanities Lounge.

Her talk, titled “The Geography of the North,” will reflect
Barrett's thinking about arctic exploration, which is the focus of her new book,
suggesting its connections to creativity, writing, reading and the scientific perspective.

Barrett graduated from Union as a biology major and went on to further
study in zoology and medieval history before discovering that she wanted to be a writer.
She published her first book, Lucid Stars, in 1988, followed by Secret
Harmonies, The Middle Kingdom
(a Literary Guild Alternate) and The Forms of Water
before the award-winning Ship Fever.