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ASU Novelist Parker Rhodes shares grandmother’s guide to happiness

February 05, 2007

MESA, Ariz. —As part of Arizona State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s lifelong lecture series at the Polytechnic campus, Author Jewell Parker Rhodes will speak about her latest book Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 19, Student Union Cooley Ballroom A.

Parker Rhodes, the ASU Piper Endowed Chair and artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, also will sign copies and discuss how to include elements from your own life into fiction and the appropriate use of dialogue, concrete description, structure and pacing. The lecture series, tailored for those over age 50, are given by professors and professionals on various topics. The lecture series is free.         The California-based Osher Foundation supports more than 60 Osher Institutes at universities across the United States. ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plans to develop a program for senior adults in the East Valley and sees the lecture series as a springboard for future programming.

For more information about the author, visit For lecture series information or to reserve a seat, contact Lois Lorenz at (480) 727-1153 or