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September 2013 News Releases

Author Thomas Fox Averill to speak at Washburn iRead Lecture, Sept. 24

Thomas Fox Averill, writer-in-residence and professor, English, Washburn University, will deliver the 2013-2014 iRead Lecture, featuring “rode,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center, Washburn campus. Tickets are free and available at Mabee Library, Washburn campus, and the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. Following the lecture, Averill will be available for a book signing in the lobby, White Concert Hall and “rode” will be available for purchase. 

rode” 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.

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.

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. 

The iREAD program encourages learning for a lifetime and creates partnerships across campus and in the community. For more information, visit

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