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English instructor gets his memoir published

Submitted by David Ellis on March 22, 2012 – 5:04 pmNo Comment

Frank Thurmond is an instructor of both English and world literature at UALR. Aside from that, Thurmond is a musician, thespian, screenwriter and author. He has done public readings of famous authors, and his own work has also been featured on KUAR’s radio program “Tales From the South.”

Thurmond Studied Renaissance English literature and drama at Oxford in England and has taught in Greece. He has authored a memoir of his experiences that has been published by Et Alia Press and titled “Before I Sleep.”

The memoir begins with a telephone call from Thurmond’s birth father whom has been absent from his life for over three decades. He is now passing away and wishes to see his son before he dies. It follows Thurmond from his boyhood in the farm lands of the south to realization of his desire to study abroad at Oxford, and his travels from places like Dallas, Madrid and Soviet Moscow.

“This absorbing and deeply personal memoir is elegantly constructed and beautifully written. The reader is transported from humble beginnings in Arkansas to exotic locales around the world, all the while experiencing feelings of discovery, pain, revelation, and resolution that Frank Thurmond describes so effectively,” said Warwick Sabin, publisher of the “Oxford American” magazine.

The people Thurmond encounters in his travels are some pivotal characters innot only recent history, but current events as well people such as Allen Ginsberg, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II. Thurmond recounts these meetings as well as many other life-altering events and the insights they have imparted.

An in-store reading and signing event is scheduled for March 31 at 1:00 p.m. at Wordsworth Books, located at 5920 R street in Little Rock’s Heights district. For further information, contact the bookstore at (501) 663-9198.

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