Alum Book Corner at Reunion 2017 - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Alum Book Corner at Reunion 2017

In the tradition of celebrating intellectual exploration and creativity, alum authors will share their work with the HWS community this weekend. Please refer to the issued schedule for details.

Pietro del Fabro ’67 – With readers describing his debut novel as “breathtaking” and “a feast for the senses,” Pietro del Fabro highlights a haunting and insightful link between personal stories of the Civil War and contemporary America in Savages Station. Del Fabro’s extensive primary research for the novel can be traced back to his days as a history major at Hobart and his lifelong interest in veterans’ issues. Following his education, del Fabro served in the U.S. Army and designed the American Civil War Memorial in Waterloo, N.Y., one of his many public art commissions during his career as a sculptor. Completed in 2008, the memorial was named one of the top five “must-see” Civil War sites in New York by CBS News. Other major commissions include the Veterans Monument in West Windsor, N.J., and stonework for the United States Forest Service.

Robin Pulver ’67 – The author of 21 children’s books, Pulver is an enduring and whimsical voice in the world of early childhood reading. Her first book, Way To Go, Alex!, was released in 1999 after Pulver discovered joy in sharing stories with her young children. Her latest series with fellow author Lynn Rowe Reed takes a joyful approach to introducing the intricacies of grammar to young readers, an innovative tool applauded by parents and teachers alike. Prior to her career as an author, Pulver graduated from William Smith with a bachelor of arts in French and worked as a journalist while traveling the world with her husband, Don. Four of Pulver’s titles will be available for purchase and signing.

Anne Rowley Breneman ’77, P’09 – Shaping a constructive conversation about the female identity across the cultures, Breneman edited and contributed to Women in the New Millennium: The Global Revolution. The book is lauded as a stimulating interdisciplinary take on shifting gender roles throughout China, Cameroon, South Africa and the United States. A former professor of sociology at Hampton University, Breneman holds a Ph.D. in social science and education from the University of Georgia. Breneman majored in anthropology and sociology at William Smith.

Carrie Lenarcic Firestone ’92 – Thriving in the aftermath of her debut as an author, Firestone released her second young adult novel The Unlikelies on June 6, making her stop at HWS one of the first on her latest book tour. The novel, praised as both entirely unique and reminiscent of iconic stories like The Breakfast Club, follows five young women facing the challenges of what it means to make a difference in the spotlight of the internet age. Reviews for The Unlikelies and Firestone’s first novel, The Loose End List, characterize Firestone as a witty writer with a poignant lens. Firestone graduated from William Smith with a degree in anthropology and English before earning her master’s in teaching from Columbia University and teaching high school in New York City.

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