March 20, 2009
Best-selling author Douglas Wood, a 1973 graduate from Morningside College, will be reading and singing from his collection of original stories and songs at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Ave.
The public is invited to this free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Wood is author of such children’s books as “Old Turtle” and “Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth.” At the event he will also be introducing his latest work, “Miss Little’s Gift,” which will be available Aug. 11. The book was inspired by his experience with his second grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Sioux City, Miss Lois Little, who went above and beyond to help reluctant Wood learn to read.
Wood currently has close to 2 million books in print. He is a musician and writer of books for both children and adults. He plays banjo, mandolin, six- and 12-string guitars, dobro and piano. Wood is also a wilderness guide with a passion for nature that is reflected in many of his works.
“I have heard Doug Wood speak and perform before,” said Marty Knepper, professor and chair in the English department. “He is fabulous. His performance weaves together story, song and ideas about writing and the environment. I recommend this event for everyone who enjoys writing and music and cares about our natural world.”