This afternoon Beverly Donofrio, acclaimed author and former MxCC student, visited campus today for a book discussion and signing. This engaging event included a discussion on Donofrio’s philosophies on life and faith, and the importance of using grief and tragedy for inner growth. Ms. Donofrio’s visit today is the first of five free events scheduled during the College’s Women’s History Month celebration.

Beverly Donofrio, called a Master Memoirist by The Daily Beast, has published three memoirs. Her first, the bestselling Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie. Her second, Looking for Mary, was a Barnes and Noble Discover pick, and her latest, the critically acclaimed, Astonished, is still collecting accolades. She has published three children’s books, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, including The New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesO, The Oprah MagazineCosmopolitanMademoiselleMarie ClaireMoreAllureSpirituality and HealthThe Village VoiceThe Huffington Post and Slate. Her award-winning NPR documentaries can be heard through Sound Portraits. She is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University and is writing a musical based on Astonished.