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Author of Watergate Memoir to Speak at OCU

The author of a book based around the time period of the Watergate scandal will speak at Oklahoma City University at 6 p.m. Nov. 2. The presentation is free to the public and will be held in Walker Center at N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.

Joseph Harrington, an English professor at the University of Kansas, released his book titled “Things Come On: An Amneoir” this year. The book combines poetry, prose narration, dialogue, historic documents and photos to tell a story that takes place during the Watergate events of the early 1970s. While the scandal unfolds, the story centers around the narrator’s mother and her battle with breast cancer.

The publisher, Wesleyan Universtiy Press, stated that the book, “weaves together private and public tragedies—showing how the language of illness and of political cover-up powerfully resonate with one another. The resulting ‘amneoir’ (a blend of ‘memoir’ and ‘amnesia’) explores a time for which the author must rely largely on testimony and documentary evidence — not unlike the Congress and the nation did during the same period.”

Harrington researches and teaches U.S. literature, political philosophy, mixed-genre writing, documentary poetry and experimental nonfiction at KU.

For more information about the presentation at OCU, call (405) 208-5707 or e-mail