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Authors take center stage in Pen and Podium series

Some of the world’s most distinguished writers will share their works, their ideas and their inspiration in the Post-News Pen & Podium Series to be held in the Newman Center’s Gates Concert Hall through next March.

The four-part literary lecture series kicks off on Oct. 24 with Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist best known for “Doonesbury.” Trudeau’s work appears in nearly 1,400 daily and Sunday newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. In 1975, he became the first cartoonist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News sponsor the series, which will also bring J.R. Moehringer, Amy Tan and Azar Nafisi to the Newman Center.

Moehringer authored The Tender Bar, which was selected by the New York Times and National Public Radio as one of the top books of 2005. He will be the featured speaker on Nov. 20.

Tan, best-selling author of The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning and The Joy Luck Club, will make her appearance on Feb. 15, 2007.

The series will conclude on March 29, 2007, with Nafisi, whose Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, about the Islamic revolution in Iran, was a national best-seller.

Tickets are $33–$48 for individual authors or $110–$170 for the entire series. Discounts are available for students, groups, seniors and DU faculty and staff. For information and tickets, contact the Newman Center box office in person or at 303-871-7720. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster at, 303-357-2787 or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The Newman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Paid parking is available in the Newman Center garage.

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