Author to Discuss Impoverished Life at GRCC Lecture - Jeannette Walls a Frequent Contributor to National News

Journalist Jeannette Walls, whose work has appeared in New York Magazine, Esquire, USA Today, and MSNBC will be the second speaker in Grand Rapids Community College’s annual Diversity Lecture Series Wednesday, October 26. She will discuss her memoir, The Glass Castle, which has been on the New York Times best-sellers list for over three years.

The book details Walls’ life growing up in extreme poverty and describes the unimaginable obstacles she faced. From the desert of the southwest to her parent’s later homelessness in New York City, Walls’ account of an impoverished life is a compelling testament to what it means to be poor.

This lecture, like all of the Diversity Lecture Series speeches, is free and open to the public. All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church,24 Fountain St. NE.  On-campus parking is $3.00 with the discount pass available at the lecture. For information, please call 616.234.3390.

Ms. Walls’ appearance provides a timely highlight to a 2-day series of 26 workshops on writing to be held at GRCC October 26-27. The extensive series is being put on by GRCC’s English Dept. and is entitled “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People.” For more information on this related event, please go to

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.