Event Date

May 4, 2011

Young Adult Author to Speak at WNC Carson City

The public is invited to attend a classroom discussion at Western Nevada College on Wednesday, May 4, by author Heidi Ayarbe, whose published works are geared toward young adult readers. Ayarbe, who grew up locally, will speak at 7 p.m. in Bristlecone Building Rm. 343.

The author will discuss her writing and publishing experiences, including how she garners story ideas, her writing process, and the obstacles she has faced. The lecture is being offered to students from English Professor Marilee Swirczek's creative writing class.

Swirczek describes Ayarbe as a homegrown Nevadan who uses the high desert landscape to underscore the gut-wrenching, authentic problems in the lives of contemporary young adults.

"She cuts to the bone with her beautiful language and startling insights. Heidi always comes home and generously shares her talent and experience with new writers. And we always welcome her with open arms."

Ayarbe grew up in Carson City, attended the University of Nevada, Reno and has traveled the world, currently taking up residence in Colombia. She is a 2009 recipient of the International Reading Association's Children's and Young Adult's Book Award, with three published novels, "Freeze Frame,' "Compulsion" and "Compromised."

For information, contact Marilee Swirczek at 445-4284.

Press Release: April 28, 2011


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