World-Renowned Author, UNC Alum to Speak at Book Reception

Connie Willis Will Read, Sign Copies of New Book; Announce Donation to UNC

Connie Willis, an award-winning author regarded as one of the world's premier science fiction writers, will speak and sign copies of her new book, "Blackout," during a reception 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the University of Northern Colorado's James A. Michener Library, intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.

The UNC alumna also will formally announce that she's donating to the university her works, some of which will be digitized and be made available online. The collection will include her manuscripts, library editions of her own books, research for a number of her projects and her numerous awards. Willis, a 2009 inductee of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, has earned an unprecedented 10 Hugo and six Nebula awards - two of the genre's most prestigious.

Willis' campus presentation will take place in the Mari Michener Gallery, near the main entrance on the library's north side. Free parking will be available in lots west of Michener Library. Refreshments will be provided. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

"Blackout," the first of two volumes, will be released Feb. 2. It follows three researchers from the future who travel back in time to the London Blitz during World War II. Random House calls it "a stunning novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history." An excerpt of the book is available here. The second volume, "All Clear," will be published this fall.

Willis' other works include "Doomsday Book," "Lincoln's Dreams," "Bellwether," "Impossible Things," "Remake," "Uncharted Territory," "To Say Nothing of the Dog," "Fire Watch," and "Miracle and Other Christmas Stories."

Willis earned from UNC her bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education in 1967. In 2000, a residence hall was named after Willis and Mildred Hansen, longtime publisher of the Greeley Tribune.

Michener Library is also home to the collection of its namesake, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, who earned his master's degree and taught at the university.

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