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Jan. 6, 2009

Author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight to Lecture

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Award-winning author Alexandra Fuller will visit Smith College later this month to speak with student writers and, in the evening, address the public about “finding your voice in a noisy world.”

Her free talk, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, will focus on

“the importance of rule-breaking and bad behavior in a writing life.”

From the publication of her first work of nonfiction to her subsequent two books, Fuller has received accolades for her writing.

Book jacket "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight"  

Her debut book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood,” is a memoir about when she lived with her family on a farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). That publication was named the New York Times Notable Book for 2002, the 2002 Booksense Best Non-fiction Book, the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, and was a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award.

Fuller’s most recent two works continue to narrate true stories. “Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier” tackles the Rhodesian War from her perspective as an adult returning to the country. And “The Legend of Colton H. Bryant” chronicles the tale of a Wyoming man who fell to his death on an oil rig.

  Alexandra Fuller

Born in England in 1969, Fuller moved with her family to Rhodesia at the age of two. During her childhood, Fuller experienced the long civil war leading to an African Nationalist regime. At the end of the war, Robert Mugabe emerged as a government leader, a role he has held since then despite the fact his policies have increasingly been denounced as racist against Zimbabwe's white minority.

Since 1994, Fuller has lived in Wyoming. She contributed the essay on Wyoming in the 2008 publication “State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.”

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.

For information about disability access or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.


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