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Centre County Reads Hosts Author and Penn State Alum Katie Fallon for Discussion of 'Vultures'

by on April 02, 2019 5:00 AM


Centre County Reads wraps up its 2019 schedule on Thursday, April 4 with "An Evening with Katie Fallon." The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Nittany Lion Inn’s Assembly Room, and a book signing will follow.

A Penn State alumna, Fallon is the author of this year’s Centre County Reads selection, "Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird." In the book, Fallon writes about the turkey vulture, an overlooked and underappreciated species that plays an important role in the ecosystem.

Fallon is also the author of "Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird," as well as two books for children. She is the founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and is currently serving as president of the Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society. She lives in West Virginia with her family.

Centre County Reads started in 2003 with the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The project encourages county residents of all ages to explore the human condition and community issues by reading and discussing the same book. Past selections include "A Walk in the Woods," "The Book Thief," "Beautiful Ruins," and last year’s "Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist."

Coordinators of Centre County Reads are the Center for American Literary Studies, the Center for Global Studies, Centre County Library & Historical Museum, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Schlow Centre Region, Library, the State College, Philipsburg-Osceola, Penns Valley, and Bellefonte area school districts, and Schlow Library Foundation. Partners for Centre County Reads 2019 are the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series within the Penn State Creative Writing Program, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

For more information on Katie Fallon’s visit and Centre County Reads, visit



David Pencek is communications manager for Schlow Centre Region Library. He can be reached at [email protected]
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