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October 2012 News Releases

Best-selling author to speak at Washburn on Oct. 18

Laura Moriarty, author of the 2012 novel “The Chaperone,” will present a reading at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Mabee Library on the Washburn University campus.  No admission is charged and the public is welcome. 

The book was on the New York Times Best Seller List, and has already been optioned as a film.  The Ichabod Shop (Washburn Bookstore) will have copies for sale.

In “The Chaperone,” Moriarty uses the real life of Kansas-born film actress Louise Brooks, who left Wichita in 1922 to audition for the Denishawn dance company in New York.  Moriarty's invented chaperone, Cora, has her own reasons for accompanying Brooks.  The novel focuses on identity, secrets, lies, charity and fulfillment, as Cora chaperones the reader through much of the 20th century.

Moriarty, the author of “The Center of Everything” (2003) and two other novels, teaches creative writing at the University of Kansas.  

The event is sponsored by the Washburn English department and the Center for Kansas Studies.  


Dena Anson, university relations, 785- 670-1711