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The River Readings at Augustana

The 2023 River Readings will welcome Danelle Morton on October 26.

The reading will begin at 5 p.m. in Olin Auditorium (in the basement of Olin Center). The event is free and open to the public.

The River Readings series at Augustana brings literary artists to campus each year from around the country. These writers of poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction meet with students in class or other venues to discuss their work and careers.

Danelle Morton

Danelle Morton, a renowned investigative journalist and best-selling co-author of twenty books, will join us as the Fall 2023 River Reader at Augustana College. She has written for The New York Times, The San Jose Mercury News, People magazine, and other fine sources. For her investigative work, she was nominated for the ASME National Magazine Award in the public service category and was a finalist for the PEN/USA Literary Non-Fiction Award.

Her passion for creative nonfiction, investigative journalism, and a sudden life twist inspired the creation of her podcast: City of the Rails. In this podcast, she has captured moments of beauty among the harsh realities of the railroad system, bringing to life the stories of those who work on trains and the modern day vagabonds who ride them.

Now, Morton continues her reporting with ProPublica, America’s leading nonprofit publication for investigative journalism in the public interest. We are honored to have her as our 2023 River Reader.

The River Readings series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Institute for Leadership and Service, the Thomas Tredway Library and the English department. For more information, contact Kelly Daniels, 309-794-7603.