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Acclaimed author to return to DePauw for Writers Series in November

Monday, September 27, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- Matt Dellinger, author of the acclaimed new book "Interstate 69" and 1997 graduate of DePauw University, will return to his alma mater on Nov. 3 as a guest of the James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series.

Dellinger's appearance, which is also part of DePauw's 2010 ArtsFest celebration, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard E. Peeler Art Center. The program is free and open to all.

Dellinger has written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Oxford American, Smithsonian, the Wall Street Journal Magazine and the New York Times and has reported on transportation and planning for the public radio program "The Takeaway."

He worked for 10 years on staff at the New Yorker as an illustrations editor, the magazine's first-ever multimedia editor and the producer and host of "The New Yorker Out Loud," the magazine's first weekly podcast.

"Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway" was released Aug. 24.

The book "is more than the story of a road," noted the Aug. 25 Wall Street Journal "Bookshelf" column.

Texas' Galveston County Daily News wrote, "Matt Dellinger provides a fascinating and absorbing examination of a project that reveals as much about America today as it does about building an interstate."

The James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series was established in 1998 with gifts from Marilou Morrell Kelly, a 1955 graduate of DePauw.

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