Author Deborah E. Kennedy

Deborah E. Kennedy will read excerpts from her acclaimed novel “Tornado Weather” and discuss her career as a novelist, journalist, editor and teacher during an October visit to Hanover College’s campus.

A 1999 Hanover graduate, Kennedy has earned widespread praise for her first novel, “Tornado Weather.” The book, published in 2017, received a positive review in The New York Times and was included on a list of recommended reads in The Oprah Magazine. In addition, the work was among five finalists for the Mystery Writers of America’s 2018 Edgar Award for best first novel and she is a finalist for the 2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for the Hoosier State’s top emerging author.

Kennedy will speak Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Classic Hall, room 102. The event is open to the public, free of charge. A meet-and-greet will follow the presentation.

A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Kennedy holds a master’s degree in fiction writing and English literature from Miami University and is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Sou’wester, Third Coast Magazine and The North American Review.

She currently lives in Forest Grove, Ore.

Kennedy’s appearance is sponsored by the Hanover College English Department and Kennings, the College’s artistic and literary magazine.