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The One Book, One Community - Meet the Author, Ann Cummins
Event Date and Time
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall

Event Details

The One Book, One Community Committee at San Juan College welcomes Ann Cummins, author of the 2013 One Book selection Yellowcake, to the Farmington campus on October 30, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall.

Cummins was born in Durango, Colo., before her family moved to Shiprock, where she was a uranium miner. She is a graduate of writing programs at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona. She has published stories in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s and The Best American Short Stories, 2002.

Cummins grew up and graduated high school in Northwestern New Mexico after her family migrated in the early 20th century from County Galway, Ireland, to Colorado where they mined silver, coal and uranium. Although her work extends beyond her ties to the southwest, she is often drawn by landscape and is custom to writing about the region of her birth.

Cummins currently resides in Flagstaff, Ariz., where she teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University, and in Oakland, Calif., with her husband S.E. Willis. She has published one short story collection, Red Ant House (2003) and one novel, Yellowcake (2007).

Yellowcake follows the stories of two families – one Navajo and one Anglo – some 20years after the closing of the uranium mill near Shiprock, where they once made their homes. With some of the mine workers facing illnesses, community members are banding together in hopes of a lawsuit, while others have no interest in drudging up the past. Yellowcake is the moving story of how everyday people sort their way through life, with all of its hidden hazards.

Cummins will also be signing copies of Yellowcake at the Coffee House Deli (5150 College Boulevard in Farmington) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on October 31.   

For more information about the author’s visit, call Traci HalesVass at 505-566-3950. 

Event Location
Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall


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