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Novelist Barbara Kingsolver goes home

The Story

For a long time Barbara Kingsolver tried to shake her Kentucky twang. The product of Cherokee, Portuguese and slave-owning ancestors, Kingsolver grew up amidst alfalfa fields with woods beyond - a place she loved to be as a child. But once she went to college, she discovered her accent was a strike against her and she left it behind. When Kingsolver reads from a short story and a novel on CBC Radio's Writers and Company, it's clear that the past has found a way to catch up with her.

Medium: Radio
Program: Writers & Company
Broadcast Date: Jan. 12, 1997
Guest(s): Barbara Kingsolver
Host: Eleanor Wachtel
Duration: 38:26
This clip was edited for copyright reasons. Photo: Canadian Press image archive

Did You know?

• Before she became a full-time writer, Barbara Kingsolver was a graduate student at the University of Arizona specializing in the social habits of termites. She originally attended DePauw University in Indiana on a music scholarship.
• Kingsolver went on to great success with 1998's The Poisonwood Bible, which was selected for Oprah's Book Club. She turned to non-fiction in 2007 with Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Year of Food Life, for which she and her family moved to a Virginia farm and ate locally-produced foods for a year.



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