APU Authors Write to Change the World

by Shannon Linton '07

Four new voices came to the forefront of the university's academic contributions at the second Barnes & Noble faculty author book signing. Though the books' topics ranged from the effects of media to disciplines of Benedictine monks, Carole Lambert, Ph.D., director of research, captured the common thread, "These works reveal a shared desire among the authors to improve the world."

From 7— 9 p.m. on April 11, area residents, family, friends, and APU community members gathered at the Glendora store to celebrate the authors' contributions. The evening event allowed guests to hear from and meet each of the authors, including: Dennis Okholm, Ph.D., author of Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants; Maria Pacino, Ed.D., author of Reflection of Equity, Diversity, and Schooling; Jennifer Walsh, Ph.D., author of Three Strike Laws; and Jim Willis, Ph.D., author of The Media Effect: How News Influences Politics and Government.

Attendees listened as the authors read excerpts from their work or talked about the focus of the book. Following the formal program, attendees had the remainder of the evening to have their books autographed and talk one-on-one with the authors.

Michael Whyte, Ph.D., provost, commented on the impact of the authors and their books. "Our faculty don't simply contribute to academic journals, they write books that change people’s lives," said Whyte.

While adding new books to their collection, guests also had the opportunity to give back through their purchase. For every purchase made that weekend, 10 percent went to supporting the APU faculty Writers' Retreat. The retreat draws faculty from a variety of disciplines for a weekend devoted to research and book projects like these, and encourage one another in that pursuit.

The authors enjoyed the presentation and venue. "The university is gaining a wider audience for the kinds of work that often get lost in the academic world," said faculty author Dennis Okholm.

Jennifer Walsh shared Okholm's sentiments, "With such a diversity of scholarship represented, this is a wonderful way to not only celebrate the accomplishments of these authors, but also the strengths of the university as well."

The second faculty book signing grossed more than $3,000 in purchases. "I am delighted that our APU authors had this wonderful opportunity to share both their books and themselves with Glendorans and our neighbors beyond our academic community," said Lambert. "I look forward to future book signings where more of our equally gifted colleagues can also discuss their research findings and give their insights, as well as personally welcome new readers of their books."