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Local students to read Bragg

Local students to read Bragg
Local students to read Bragg | Rick Bragg, Union City Rotary Club Distinguished Speaker

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg

“If you write for a living and you don’t want to talk to people who read your work, there is something seriously missing in you.”
So says Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg, who will be the 2012 Union City Rotary Club Distinguished Speaker guest Feb. 3. In addition to appearing at the banquet, Bragg, who grew up in rural northeast Alabama and, after a career as an award-winning newspaper reporter, has turned his attention to writing books and teaching college classes on that art, will be spending time with high school and college students.
Copies of his first book, “All Over but the Shoutin’,” will be distributed to students at Union City, Obion County Central and South Fulton high schools soon and they will begin a reading adventure most of them will never forget. During school hours on Feb. 3, Bragg will meet the students who have read his book at Union City Civic Auditorium and tell them stories in person.
His visit will also include time spent at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he will be the speaker for the Meek Library Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Watkins Auditorium. This free event, which honors the legacy of Dr. Paul Meek, former UT Martin chancellor, will be open to the public.
Tickets for the Distinguished Speaker’s banquet will be going on sale soon. High school students will not be required to purchase tickets for the time they spend with Bragg and they will receive their books at no cost.
Those who wish to purchase Bragg’s first and most famous book will be able to do so at Walmart during the next few days, a spokesman said.

Published in The Messenger 10.27.11

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