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Popular Author Visits Campus


By Kaitlin Lertora

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Author Jeanine Cummins visited Roanoke College’s campus on Nov. 9 to talk to students about her writing career. Cummins is the author of several books including her best-selling book, A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath.

The lecture was sponsored by the Turk Pre-Law Program and was presented to students in the Antrim Chapel. The presentation included Cummins discussing her personal story and journey of becoming a writing, along with her personally reading excerpts from some of her novels. This included excerpts from The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch.

Cummins introduced herself to the audience by giving them a brief background of her life in college as well as her years after in which she traveled to Ireland to experience their culture. After majoring in creative writing during college,Cummins recounted how she immediately moved to Ireland for a few years after graduating in order to explore different cultures and write.

Moving on with her lecture, Cummins explained to students how she had always wanted to work in the publishing industry. During this discussion,Cummins talked about her move to New York City after her uplifting experience abroad. She started out working for Penguin Books, one of the most notorious publishing companies in America. From here, she elaborated on how she quickly established her credibility as an author when she began to write her memoir.

Her memoir, published in 2004, tells the chilling story of  the murders of her two cousins who found themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time during their family trip to St. Louis. In this memoir, Cummins discussed the impact of this on her and her family and details the experience that the criminal justice system played in the prosecution.

This was a successful event, attracting both criminal justice as well as creative writing students. Keep an eye out for other events hosted by the Turk Pre-Law program coming up this semester.