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‘Orange is the New Black’ author coming to UMass Lowell

Thursday, September 25, 2014

LOWELL, Mass. – One of the most talked-about authors in the nation will come to UMass Lowell’s new University Crossing on Tuesday to present the second installment in the new author series for the campus and public.

Piper Kerman, whose memoir “Orange is the New Black” inspired the hit Netflix series, will discuss her book and the experiences that led her to write it, at a free event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Moloney Hall, located on the second floor of UMass Lowell’s new student center at University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St. Following the talk, Kerman will sign copies of her book in the River Hawk Shop, the university’s new flagship bookstore, located on the first floor of the center.

Kerman’s memoir, based on her year in a Connecticut women’s prison, is a New York Times bestseller. The Netflix series based on the book has already been recognized as the AFI’s “TV Program of the Year” and has captured three Critics Choice Television Awards. The show is nominated for 12 Emmys including Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actress in a Comedy, as well as writing and directing honors.

“Fans of the ‘Orange is the New Black’ book or series, or anyone interested in prison reform or social justice, should benefit from the opportunity to hear from Piper Kerman,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “We are excited to bring the campus community and the public together at University Crossing for events like this.”

University Crossing, located between the university’s North, South and East campuses, is a hub for student activities and services, as well as for programs and amenities for the campus and the public.

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