River Readings continues with Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island – Augustana College’s River Readings will continue its seventh season with author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro on Tuesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Center (3750 7th Ave., Rock Island). Lamb-Shapiro will read from her first book, Promise Land: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture, a tour of the billion-dollar self-help industry that explores American devotion to self-improvement — even as the author attempts some deeply personal improvements of her own. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a reception and book signing following the reading. 

Lamb-Shapiro has published fiction and nonfiction in The New York Times Magazine,, The Believer, McSweeney’s, Open City and Index magazine, among others.

The River Readings at Augustana brings literary artists to campus from around the country each year. These writers of poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction meet with students in class or other venues to discuss their work and careers, and present a free reading. The River Readings series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Institute for Leadership and Service, the Thomas Tredway Library and the English department at Augustana College.