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December 2012 News Releases

Washburn University's iREAD program selects "rode" by Thomas Fox Averill for 2013

The book rode, by author Thomas Fox Averill, writer-in-residence and professor, English, Washburn University, has been selected as Washburn's 2013 iREAD book. The book features Averill's story behind the folk ballad "Tennessee Stud" and has been named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards given each year in Oklahoma City, home of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. rode also was named a Spur Award Finalist by the Western Writers of America.

Averill will deliver the iREAD lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 in White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center, Washburn campus. rode is available for purchase, at a discount, in the Ichabod Shop, located in Memorial Union, Washburn campus.

All incoming first-year Washburn students are introduced to the book at summer orientation events and are encouraged to read the book over the summer. During the fall 2013 semester, students will read this book in disciplines ranging from English to research strategies to WU101, a First-Year Experience class.

Established in 2007, the Washburn iREAD program gives students the opportunity to participate in a common reading experience that expands their critical thinking, discussion and reading skills, while also fostering campus involvement and enhancement of the campus community.

The iREAD program encourages learning for a lifetime and creates partnerships across campus and in the community. The community is invited to join in reading rode and take part in the discussions that will take place during 2013.For more information, visit


Sean Bird, assistant dean, Mabee Library, 785-670-1550
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153