Frank Mccourt To Speak At Willamette University

Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, will speak at Willamette University on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000 at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. McCourt is the first speaker in the 2000-2001 Atkinson Lecture Series, Willamette University's premiere speaker series, established in 1956 to bring internationally prominent leaders to the University.

Tickets for Smith Auditorium sold out in two days. Due to the overwhelming response regarding McCourt's appearance, a live feed of McCourt's lecture in Smith Auditorium will be played in the Cone Chapel and the rehearsal hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, allowing for an additional 450 seats. General admission tickets for these two locations will be available for $3 and may be obtained at the University Center Information Desk, Putnam University Center, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a limit of two tickets per transaction. For additional information, please call 503-370-6267.

Frank McCourt is a former school teacher best known for his 1997 memoir Angela's Ashes, which has sold more than four million copies worldwide. Angela's Ashes recalls the adversity of McCourt's childhood in the Irish town of Limerick, where his family endured poverty, malnutrition and disease. In 1997, his memoir received the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Following its publication, Angela's Ashes was produced as a major motion picture. Frank McCourt has written and published a sequel to his memoir, entitled 'Tis.

The second speaker in the 2000-2001 Atkinson Lecture Series will be U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, whose leadership enabled the drafting of a historic peace accord in Northern Ireland. He will speak on Monday, March 12, 2001, at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Ticket information will be available in the spring.