Friends welcome best-selling novelist to campus
Best-selling author Karen Thompson Walker launched a national tour promoting the paperback release of her debut novel, The Age of Miracles, at a discussion and book signing January 24. Walker (left) and Gillian M. McCombs, Dean and Director, Central University Libraries, are shown at the event, sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries. The book was named a "best of 2012" selection by the Kirkus Review and Publishers Weekly and has been optioned by River Road Entertainment for a movie. Walker talked about the challenge of trying to write her book — a coming-of-age study of the "small-scale catastrophes of everyday life alongside a larger, global catastrophe" — in spare moments while maintaining a full-time job as an editor for a New York publisher. "I wrote it one hour at a time, usually before work, and sometimes on the subway." The impending cataclysm that drives the story, "the slowing," was inspired by the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, she said. "I did a fair amount of research, because I wanted it to be realistic. I wanted readers to feel real concern for the characters."