Authors On Concordia Campus For National Book Award Event

Concordia College hosted the ninth annual National Book Awards at Concordia on March 27. Featured authors were National Book Award finalists Rachel Kushner and Wendy Lower.

Kushner, the 2013 National Book Award finalist for fiction, and Lower, 2013 National Book Award finalist for nonfiction, will participate in the featured Readings and Conversation hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Centrum with a book signing to follow.

Kushner was a finalist for her book “The Flamethrowers,” an exploration of the life of a young female artist and the darker connections between art, artifice and politics. Kushner’s debut novel, “Telex from Cuba,” was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times best-seller and Notable Book.  She is a 2013 Guggenheim fellow.

Lower was a finalist for her nonfiction book “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields,” which provides a chilling account of female brutality by German women during World War II and a look at the nature of evil. Lower is the John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College and a research associate at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

The event was hosted by Lynn Neary, a National Public Radio arts correspondent and a frequent guest host on “Morning Edition,” “Weekend Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.”

Earlier in the day, Kushner and Lower spoke at a luncheon in honor of first-year Concordia students who demonstrated academic excellence in writing papers for their Inquiry Seminars.

“Excellence is taking what has been done and going beyond that. It means getting to the bottom of things and understanding them. In academia, excellence is a sacred word that has power. It is more than making a good effort. We know excellence when we see it because it is so rare,” Lower said.