Friday, February 16, 2018

Valencia College's Humanities Speaker Series presents, in partnership with Writer's block Bookstore, Brian Turner

Location: Valencia College Winter Park Campus  
850 W Morse Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32789
Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida

Winter Park, Florida.  On Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm, Valencia College, in partnership with Writer’s Block Bookstore, will host author Brian Turner for a reading of essays and poetry, and a Q&A session at Valencia’s Winter Park Campus, located at 850 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789 in room 242. Brian Turner will be talking about his newest book, The Kiss, a “deliciously diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems and graphic memoirs, where writers explore the deeply human act of kissing.”
The event is open to the public.

About the book: From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Reykjavik; in taxis and at bus stops, haystacks and airports around the globe—people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The kiss we can’t take back. The kiss we can never give. The kiss that changes a life. In this anthology, writers and thinkers share their thoughts on a specific kiss—the unexpected and unforgettable—in an attempt to bridge the gulf, to connect us to one another on a deeply human level, and to explore the messy and complicated intimacies that exist in our actual lives, as well as in the complicated landscape of the imagination.

About the author: Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. His first book Here Bullet chronicles his time in Iraq, and his memoir My Life as a Foreign Country has been called a “stunning war memoir” by the New York Times. Turner taught English at Fresno City College. He has received a NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. 

About the series: The Humanities Speakers Series at Valencia College brings in the most exciting and innovative writers, musicians, scientists, and activists in the country, emphasizing on connecting students directly to the great minds of today and inviting the Central Florida community to participate in events. Past speakers include Dr. Azar Nafisi, Will Schwalbe, James McBride and other award-winning writers and musicians.  For more information, email Jeremy Bassetti, Ph.D., Professor of Humanities, Also, visit
About Writer's Block Bookstore: We are Central Florida’s only full-service, independent community bookstore, located just one block east of Park Avenue in beautiful downtown Winter Park. Serving the Orlando area since 2014, we have all your favorites, New York Times best-sellers, and Indie Next picks. We host author events, monthly book clubs, coordinate author school visits and offer discounts for educators and loyalty club members.

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