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Sept. 11: Pulitzer Prize winning-author Tracy Kidder to Speak

Kidder's book, "Strength in What Remains," is this year's "common read."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-26-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder (pictured) will discuss his book, “Strength in What Remains,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union ballroom in the opening event of the university’s annual “common read” program.

Kidder’s presentation is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. A book signing will follow. Attendees need not have read the book to enjoy this presentation. A direct link to the live stream is available at

All students were invited to read “Strength in What Remains” before the start of 2013-’14 classes. Minnesota State Mankato staff members are also working with the Blue Earth County and North Mankato Taylor libraries and several other organizations to invite community participation. The book is available in a variety of formats (hardcover, paperback, e-Book and audio) at various locations, including the Minnesota State Mankato Memorial Library as well as local public libraries and bookstores.

According to Kidder’s website about the book,, “Strength in What Remains” is the true story of a young man named Deo and his will to survive. Deo grew up in the mountains of Burundi, and he survived a civil war and genocide before seeking a new life in America. In New York City he lived homeless in Central Park before finding his way to Columbia University. But according to the author, Deo’s story really begins with his will to turn his life into something truly remarkable; he returns to his native country to help people there, as well as people in the United States.

More information about the common read is available here or by contacting Kate Hansen, New Student and Family Programs, by phone at 507-389-5498 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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