Caroline Lawrence to Present Slater Lecture
September 13, 2012
ALLIANCE, Ohio — Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mysteries series, will present the Slater Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4 in Presser Recital Hall on the University of Mount Union’s campus. Lawrence will present “The Historical Detective.”
Lawrence grew up in Bakersfield, CA and her ancestors included pioneers, teamsters, newspapermen and Mormons. She was a schoolmarm for 10 years in London, England before she started writing history mystery stories for kids in 2001. To date, there are about 20 books included in her Roman Mysteries series.
Lawrence studied classics at Berkeley and classical art and archaeology at Newnham College at Cambridge. She then earned a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies at University College in London.
Recently, Lawrence launched another series of books about a 12-year-old detective, P.K. Pinkerton, Private Eye, set in Virginia City, NV in 1862. The novels tell stories of prospectors, miners, actresses, saloonkeepers, gamblers, desperados and newspapermen, who she identifies as the “worst of the lot.”
A book signing will take place following the lecture in the lobby of Presser Hall.
The Thelma Tournay Slater Classics Lecture is made possible through a gift of Thelma E. (Tournay '42) Slater. Slater's lifelong passion for the classics began at Mount Union. The gift supports student enrichment through an increased appreciation of the civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Greek and Rome that stand at the core of a liberal arts education.
The event is free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall, which stands on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street, across from the Campus Lakes.