July 23, 2024

Charles Shields Contributes Article to Journal & Presents at Conferences

Charles J. Shields

Charles J. Shields, associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, has contributed an article titled, “If Jesus Did Stand-Up: The Comic Parables of Kurt Vonnegut” to the quarterly journal, Studies in American Humor, for the fall issue.

Also, Shields will present at two conferences in late May: first, at Biographers International Organization (BIO), May 18-21 in Los Angeles, he will appear on a panel, “Ex-Wives, Angry Children, and Other Delicate Relationships,” about working with the relatives of a biographical subject. He will also teach a workshop on literary biography with Tracy Daugherty, author of “Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller.” Later that week, on May 26, he will appear the panel, “Kurt Vonnegut and Biography” at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco.

Charles Shields to Give Talk at Mary Baldwin

Charles J. Shields

Charles J. Shields, associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, will present a talk at Mary Baldwin College on Wednesday, March 28. The public reading is part of the SWAG Writers (Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta Group of the Blue Ridge Writers Club) Reading Series. For more information about the reading, visit http://augustafreepress.com/2012/03/20/swag-writers-presents-biographer-kurt-vonnegut-harper-lee/.

Jeopardy Question References Charles Shields’ Book

In an episode of the television program “Jeopardy”  that aired on Friday, Feb. 24, the final question referenced Charles J. Shields’ biography “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life.” Shields is associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series.

The question, in the category of literary biographies, was:

“Quoting a famous line of his, a 2011 biography of this man was titled ‘And So It Goes’.”

Charles Shields to Speak at Conferences

Charles J. Shields

Charles J. Shields, associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, will speak at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, Texas. The conference will take place from July 20 to 22.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, Shields will speak to the Baltimore Science Fiction Society about Kurt Vonnegut, American author of a number of fantasy novels.

Charles Shields Publishes Article and Speaks to Committee

Charles J. Shields

Charles J. Shields,  associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, has an article appearing in the March/April issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. The article, “Research like a Pro,” is a step-by-step guide to finding and organizing information for a fiction or nonfiction writing project.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Shields will speak to the President’s Community Advisory Committee about the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series. The committee serves as a resource to the University of Mary Washington President and administration on issues relative to the university and the minority community.  The committee is comprised of a diverse group of minority citizens of the greater Fredericksburg region, including professionals in the fields of higher education, secondary education and administration, the ministry, business, real estate, government and law.

On Saturday, March 31, Shields will appear at the Maine Festival of the Book with Chip Bishop, author of “The Lion and the Journalist,” about the friendship Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop. The author is Bishop’s great-grandnephew. The topic of the panel is ” The Quick and Dead: Writing about Someone You Knew or Admired.”

Charles J. Shields to be Featured on Public Radio Program

Charles J. Shields

Charles J. Shields, associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, will explore how Kurt Vonnegut’s experience as a World War II prisoner of war influenced his later writing during an interview on the With Good Reason public radio program beginning Saturday, January 28.

The interview can be heard on January 28 at 4:30 p.m. on WCVE 88.9 FM and on Sunday, January 29 at 7 p.m. and Monday, January 30 at 12:30 a.m. on WAMU 88.5 FM. The segment, “From Combat to College,” is expected to be online beginning the week of the show at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2012/01/from-combat-to-college/.

The full news release is available at http://www.umw.edu/news/2012/01/23/umw-great-lives-associate-director-to-discuss-kurt-vonnegut-on-public-radio-program/.

In addition to his interview on With Good Reason, Shields will appear on C-SPAN2‘s BookTV to discuss Kurt Vonnegut as well as the Great Lives lecture series. The segment is expected to air Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, January 29 at 3 a.m. and 11:15 p.m.

On Thursday, February 2, Shields will appear on WABC-AM‘s “John Batchelor” show at 9 a.m.

A feature article about Shields’ And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut and the subject of his biography appeared in the January/February issue of Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment of the Humanities, written by David Kippen, former director of the literature program for the National Endowment of the Arts.

Charles J. Shields to Present at Two Conferences

Charles J. Shields

Charles J. Shields, associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, will be the keynote speaker at the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Jacksonville, Fla. His lecture, “Mockingbird: Portrait of Harper Lee,” will be Saturday, Feb. 4.

He also will present at the Maine Festival of the Book on Saturday, March 31.

Crawley and Shields Interviewed for Radio Program

William Crawley

William Crawley, director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, and Charles J. Shields, associate director, will be featured on AM 1230 WFVA. The interview, which will air Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8 a.m., will focus on the upcoming season of the lecture series.

Shields talks about his book, And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life, in a segment on the syndicated Colorado public radio program, Page by Page. The segment originally aired on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and is available online at http://www.aspenpublicradio.org/pod_listen.php?row=2126.

Charles J. Shields

He also shares the book in an interview on AARP Prime Time Radio, taped on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

In addition, Shields discusses the life of Harper Lee in a video on the Biography Channel website.

Review of Charles Shields’ Book Appears in The Washington Post

Charles J. Shields, associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, is featured in the Monday, Dec. 12 edition of The Washington Post. The article, “Charles J. Shields’s ‘And So It Goes’: Excellent Biography of Kurt Vonnegut,” is a review of Shields’ book, “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life.”

Charles Shields Featured in The New York Times Book Review

Charles J. Shields, associate director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, is featured in the Sunday, Nov. 27 edition of The New York Times Sunday Book Review. The article, “How It Went,” is a review of Shields’ book, And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life.