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2/14/2007 Tracy Kidder to speak at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE -- Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder will discuss his book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Man Who Would Cure the World,” Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield College.

"Mountains Beyond Mountains" is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a major influence upon contemporary global health intervention efforts. It follows Farmer's work to establish clinics and hospitals under desperate conditions in far flung areas of the world, his compassion for and empowerment of the poor, his inner circle of believers, and his success in helping stem the international tide of new HIV and TB infections.

Kidder had earned considerable recognition prior to "Mountain Beyond Mountains." He won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for "The Soul of a New Machine," a book celebrated for its insight into the world of corporate, high-technology America. His other bestsellers include "House," "Among Schoolchildren," "Old Friends" and "Home Town."

Kidder's most recent book, "My Detachment," is a memoir about his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam.

Kidder is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Book Review. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the Ambassador Book Award in 1990 and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award in 1998, among others. He has a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a master's from the University of Iowa where he participated in the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

"Mountains Beyond Mountains" was selected as the Common Reading for first-year Linfield students and also as the MacReads selection this year. Kidder's appearance marks the first Renshaw Distinguished Visitorship sponsored through the Philip Renshaw Endowment for the Liberal Arts. The endowment was established by Renshaw, a Linfield alumnus and former trustee and one of the college’s most avid supporters. Kidder's appearance is also part of a series of events in conjunction with the inauguration celebration of Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2498.