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Smarsh to present at Cook Series

New York Times bestselling author and Kansas native Sarah Smarsh will be the final presenter in this season's Charles and Marian Cook Series on April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Brown Grand Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In addition to being a New York Times bestseller, Smarsh's book “Heartland” was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize. It was also named a Best of Book of 2018 by National Public Radio, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Shelf Awareness, Bustle and Publisher's Weekly.
By ninth grade, Smarsh had attended eight southern Kansas schools ranging from a 2,000-student high school to a two-room prairie schoolhouse. She has a master's degree in fine arts in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas.
A former English professor and grant writer for social service agencies, Smarsh aims for all of her work to have a backbone of civic responsibility.
Smarsh's journalistic works and commentaries have been published by The Guardian, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's and many other publications. Her essays on class and poverty, “Poor Teeth” and “The First Person on Mars,” were both listed as notables in Best American Essays. She recently published a four-part piece in No Depression about Dolly Parton and the working-class feminism in country music.
A regular commentator in the national media, Smarsh has spoken on poverty, politics, rural issues, cultural divides and the future of news. She was recently a Fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and will soon launch a much-anticipated podcast about class and rural America.
A limited number of copies of “Heartland” will be available for purchase by contacting the Cloud County Community College Foundation office or Brenton Phillips, dean of Humanities, Social Sciences and Business at 785-243-1435, ext. 244.
This is the 27th year for the Charles and Marian Cook Series at the college.
The Cooks were travelers who wanted to bring the world to those who could not travel themselves.
More than 75 events have been presented through the sponsorship of the Cook Foundation and the CCCC Division of Humanities, Social Sciences and Business.
It was always Marian Cook's wish that all Cook Series events be free and open to the public.


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