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Award-Winning Author/Writer Kate Braestrup to speak at UMFK

February 15, 2012


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Presidential Lecture Series committee welcomes award-winning author and writer Kate Braestrup, to speak on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the University's Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The event is free and open to the public.

Braestrup is the author of the novel, Onion; memoirs, Here If You Need Me, a New York Times best seller; Marriage and Other Acts of Charity; and Beginner's Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life.

Kate Braestrup is one of the first chaplains ever appointed to the Maine Warden Service. She also is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, regularly performing weddings throughout Maine. In 2010, she received an honorary doctoral degree from Unity College.

She has appeared and was interviewed by National Public Radio, the Hallmark Channel, and other media locally and nationwide.

Braestrup's fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in Law and Order, the New York Times, The Sunday New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Downeast, O magazine, Good Housekeeping, Hope, among other publications.

Braestrup and husband, Simon van der Ven, and their six children reside in Maine.

UMFK's Annual Presidential Lecture Series provides a platform for intellectual discourse among campus community participants, as part of UMFK's Strategic Plan for Excellence. The Series, which will foster an environment of academic inquiry and excellence, will bring to campus a variety of renowned scholars, speakers, authors, and poets.

For more information on the presentation, please contact Dr. Jenny Radsma at 834-7586 or by e-mail: