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Glenn Poshard to host book signings and a reading engagement

Glenn Poshard posing for the book cover.
SIU Press

Former United States Representative Glenn Poshard and journalist Carl Walworth have written Son of Southern Illinois: Glenn Poshard’s Life in Politics and Education, published by SIU Press. The book covers the entirety of Poshard’s life from his early years in rural poverty, politics, public service, higher education and highlights The Poshard Foundation For Abused Children.

Poshard served more than four and a half years as a state senator and 10 years in Congress. He was the Democratic nominee for Illinois governor in 1998. He returned to his alma mater as vice chancellor for administration at SIU-Carbondale. In 2004 he was appointed to the SIU Board of Trustees and then was appointed president of the SIU system in 2005, serving until 2014.

A partial list of topics Poshard faced that have relevance in 2023 are money in politics, faith in politics, mental health, rural/urban relationships, public service, higher education affordability, bipartisanship, the 1998 gubernatorial race, and regional leadership.

The duo will offer local book signings August 8th and 9th in Harrisburg, Herrin, Anna, Carbondale, Waterloo, and Edwardsville. A short reading is part of the agenda at SIU-E.

August 8th
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Talbott-Morrison Library in Waterloo
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - The Friends Corner on the first floor of the Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

August 9th
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - The Harrisburg District Library
12p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Herrin City Library
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - The Stinson Memorial Library in Anna
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Varsity Theater in Carbondale

More information about the book can be found by visiting the website for SIU Press.

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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