Kristen Green, author of Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, writes about returning to her alma mater and sharing her story with students:
"This fall, I visited my alma mater, University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Va. to give a lecture about my new book, Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County. It was so meaningful to return to the place where I found my voice, the place where I learned to question authority, the place where I realized that I wanted to be a journalist and writer. I particularly enjoyed talking with the students who work as reporters and editors for the student newspaper, as I did in college.
I was also proud to share the story of my hard-won success with Mary Washington students. I loved being able to tell them about the years I spent toiling as a reporter at small-town newspapers and working my way up to big city newspapers. I loved telling them about my seed of an idea for a book and about the decade I spent making it happen through sheer determination. It was important to me to encourage them to question the white-washed view of history we are often taught, to acknowledge our shameful pasts, and to use their time in college to make friends across racial and ethnic lines."
To learn more about Kristen Green, visit her website.