SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series is delighted to welcome best-selling author Michael Gurian, a marriage and family counselor in private practice and the author of 28 books, as the concluding speaker in this year’s celebrated series. Gurian will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. Like all readings in the popular series, this event is free and open to the public.
Gurian’s work has been featured in professional journals and major media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS, and National Public Radio. Gurian co-founded The Gurian Institute, which conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals.
As an educator, he previously taught at Gonzaga, Eastern Washington University, and Ankara University. His speaking engagements include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Macalester College, University of Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UCLA. His philosophy reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern and American) in which he has lived.
The celebrated series hosts nationally and regionally prominent writers reading their work. Dan S. Butterworth, Gonzaga English professor and poet, launched the 2014-15 edition of the series on Sept. 24. Distinguished poet Brenda Hillman read from her work on Oct. 21. Joanna Luloff read from her short stories Nov. 20. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award for her novel “Lila,” read from her work Feb. 18. Douglas Kearney, poet, performer, and librettist, read from his latest work on March 25.
Additional funding for this year’s series comes from Gonzaga and gifts from Pennaluna and Company and the Davenport Hotel.