Leila Philip will share her family history, chronicling her family’s tenure working the land and her own pursuit of that past.
April 8, 2003 Geneva, N.Y. — Award-winning author Leila Philip will discuss “The Lives of Aunts” at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 25, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Philip is the author of “A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family” (Viking, 2001; Penguin Putnam, 2002), and her discussion will focus on a chapter of her book. The author will sign books after the address, and copies of her book will be available in The College Store prior to her visit. The event is free and the public is invited.
“A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family” was named Authors Choice for Best Book of the Year in Publisher’s Weekly and received several other awards. In this memoir, Philip tells the story of her ancestral Hudson River home, the mystery of her attachment to it, and her search to come to terms with the truth about her family’s three-century history there. The Dallas Morning News called the book “both a spirited defense of a way of life in the face of encroaching urban excesses, and a history of a home that contained more than a few family secrets.”
Philip is a professor of English at Colgate University. She received her A.B. cum laude from Princeton University, her M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia, and over the past decade she has earned a number of awards and fellowships in her field.
Philip’s talk is sponsored by the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, the Colleges’ philosophy department, women’s studies program, and Honors program.
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