Global best-selling author David Baldacci is coming to Omaha as featured speaker for the fifth anniversary of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Marion Marsh Brown Writers Lecture Series.
His visit, set for 7 P.M. on April 21 at UNO’s Baxter Arena, marks the official start of his 2020 book tour. Free tickets will be made available online and at Baxter Arena’s box office several weeks before the lecture.
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Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down the stories he was so fond of telling. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, “because every mom needs a break now and then.”)
Baldacci has published 40 novels for adults and seven for younger readers. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. He is also the cofounder, along with his wife, Michelle, of the Wish You Well Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across the United States.
The Marion Marsh Brown Writers Lecture Series is presented by Marion’s son Paul Brown, his wife Djel Ann, and their children, Randy, Scott, and Marietta Luellen.
Marion served as a professor of English at UNO (then Omaha University) from 1954 through 1968. She wrote more than 15 books and is best known for her young adult literature. The series celebrates her life and work by bringing a well-known author to UNO each year. Past authors include John Grisham, Cheryl Strayed, Lee Child and Nicholas Sparks.
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