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Kathryn Miles is the author of the new book “Quakeland.”
Kathryn Miles is the author of the new book “Quakeland.”

Nov. 14: ‘Quakeland’ author

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UD alumna, journalist headlines inaugural Front Page Café

Kathryn Miles, an award-winning journalist and science writer and University of Delaware alumna, will talk about her new book, Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Deer Park Tavern in Newark.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is the first in a new series of Front Page Cafés hosted by the Journalism Program, the Department of English and the discussions series that inspired it, UD’s Science Café.

Food and refreshments will be served. The format will follow that of Science Café, which is sponsored by the Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy and the Delaware National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The casual setting of the cafés is designed to foster interaction and dialogue with the speaker. Future Front Page Cafés will follow events in the news.

“We want to create a conversation between the UD and Delaware communities and topic experts who know not only the news, but also the news behind the news,” said Deborah Gump, director of the Journalism Program.

Miles, who earned her doctorate in English at UD in 2001, is the author of four books. Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, which Miles recently discussed with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, details her journey around the U.S. in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes and our preparations for surviving them.

"Mixing geological primer with apocalyptic warning, Miles makes clear how fragile — and volatile — the ground beneath our feet really is,” according to Publishers Weekly.

Miles is also the author of Adventures with Ari, All Standing and Superstorm, an account of Superstorm Sandy which she discussed at UD during Earth Week 2015.

Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including Best American Essays, The Boston Globe, Down East, Ecotone, History, The New York Times, Outside, Pacific Standard, Popular Mechanics and Time.

She is writer in residence at Green Mountain College and a scholar in residence for the Maine Humanities Council.  

More information is available on the Journalism Program website.


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