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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Teaneck, NJ 07666
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Madison, NJ 07940
Mary Higgins Clark to Lecture in April
The Reigning Queen of Suspense to Discuss Her Life and Her Works
Teaneck, NJ (March 19, 2002) -- Mary Higgins Clark, the reigning Queen of Suspense, will appear at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Wednesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. She will discuss her life and her work, answer audience questions and sign books.
The author of 20 best-selling novels, Clark has more than 50 million copies of her books in print in the U.S. "Daddy’s Little Girl," her latest book, will be published in April.
The secret to her popularity, according to Clark, is that readers identify with her characters. "I write about people who are going about their daily lives, not looking for trouble, who are suddenly plunged into menacing situations," she said.
Her career as a novelist began in 1964 when she was widowed with five young children. She wrote during the quiet hours of 5 a.m.-7 a.m. and started with a biographical novel on George Washington that "was remaindered as it came off the press." Next, she wrote the suspense novel "Where Are the Children?" and it became a bestseller.
She has been awarded many honors – among them the National Arts Club’s first Gold Medal in Education, the Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society and the Horatio Alger Award. She is an active advocate and participant in literacy programs.
Her books are published in translation around the world and she has been awarded the Grand Prix de Literature of France.
In 1974, she entered Fordham University and graduated summa cum laude in 1979, with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. She is a resident of New Jersey.
Mary Higgins Clark will speak in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, on the Hackensack side of the Fairleigh Dickinson campus. Her appearance is sponsored by The Gene Barnett Literary Society of the University. Tickets, at $8 per person, are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, on the evening of the lecture beginning at 7 p.m. There is no advance sale. For further information, call 201 692 2263.