Authors Highlight WOSAC Fund-Raising Event

UA News Services
Jan. 20, 2004

Writers' Journeys is an interactive discussion that features three nationally known and critically acclaimed writers: Beverly Donofrio, Laila Halaby and Lisa Schnebly Heidinger. Their collective works revolve around the theme of young women coming of age, and the authors will discuss the personal and literary journeys that have influenced their writing style and content.

The event, a fund raiser for the Women's Studies Advisory Council (WOSAC), includes a silent auction, book sale, raffle and refreshments. Proceeds will support the women's studies department at the University of Arizona at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Earlier that day, the authors also will hold a seminar and discussion with about 200 high school students from several school districts at Catalina Magnet High School. WOSAC is providing copies of the authors' books to all of the participating schools.

About the Authors
Beverly Donofrio turned her troubled childhood around, attended Wesleyan University and Columbia University, and began writing. Her "Riding in Cars with Boys" is about making compromises between individuality and fitting into society, and about being a young mother growing to adulthood while her son also grows up.

Liala Halaby, the daughter of a Jordanian father and an American mother, wrote "West of the Jordan," about the relationship between three girls in the United States and one immersed in the Arabic culture of the West Bank. When she isn't writing, Halaby also works as an outreach counselor at the Arizona College of Public Health.

Lisa Schnebly Heidinger's affection for Arizona is as deep as her roots. From her early childhood, she was proud to know the town of Sedona was named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly. She wrote her first book, "Tucson: The Old Pueblo," in 1995. Her second, "The Three Sedonas," was published in 2000. The Arizona Publishers Association selected it as not only the Best Children's Book of the Year, but also Book of the Year. Her latest book, "Chief Yellowhorse Lives On!," is a collection of 52 essays from her experiences around the state of Arizona.

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10th Annual Writers' Journeys: Real and Imagined A Fund Raising Literary Event, Raffle, Silent Auction and Book Sale


Sheraton Tucson Inn and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson


Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:30-9 p.m.


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$30 in advance, $35 at the door