Best-selling novelist Wally Lamb gives Skeggs Lecture Oct. 22

Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb, author of four New York Times best-selling novels, presents the Youngstown State University Skeggs Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are mandatory and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the YSU Office of Alumni and Events at 330-941-3497.

Lamb was twice selected for Oprah’s Book Club. He is also the editor of the nonfiction anthologies “Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters” and “I’ll Fly Away,” collections of autobiographical essays, which evolved from a writing workshop that he Lamb facilitates at Connecticut’s York Correctional Institute, a maximum-security prison for women. He has served as a Connecticut Department of Corrections volunteer at York since 1999, and his work there was the focus of a 2004 segment on CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes.

Among his honors is a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Connecticut Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” Award, the Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award, The National Institute of Business/Apple Computers “Thanks To Teachers” award, and the 2010 Arts and Letters award from the YMCA of New York City. Lamb has received Distinguished Alumni awards from Vermont College and the University of Connecticut. He was the 1999 recipient of the New England Book Award for fiction. “I Know This Much is True” won the Friends of the Library USA Readers’ Choice Award for best novel of 1998, the result of a national poll, and the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Book Award, which honored the novel’s contribution to the anti-stigmatization of mental illness.

“She’s Come Undone” was a 1992 “Top Ten” Book of the Year selection in People magazine and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Best First Novel of 1992. “I’ll Fly Away” was a 2008 Connecticut Book Award Winner for non-fiction.

Lamb is a Connecticut native who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in teaching from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree from Vermont College. He and his wife Christine live in northeastern Connecticut and are the parents of three sons, Jared, Justin, and Teddy.