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The next book by John Barry, watch out. His best-selling, award-winning Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America anticipated last year's flooding of New Orleans by almost a decade. His best-selling, award-winning The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History coincided with current concerns over the bird flu. (More remarkable, the book made George Bush's 2005 reading list.) You've also seen and heard Barry on the PBS documentary series American Experience. See and hear him on Thursday, February 16th, when he speaks at the University of Memphis as guest of the school's Marcus Orr Lecture Series in Higher Education.

Since you're already on campus, after Barry's lecture, go ahead, head for the university's University Center. Short-story writer and novelist Ann Beattie is reading from her work as guest of the River City Writers Series. Can't make it to Beattie the evening of the 16th? She'll also be giving an interview on Friday morning in Patterson Hall, Room 456, at 11:30 a.m.

All three events free. They're open to the public. Take advantage.

John Barry lecture: The University of Memphis, Rose Theatre, Thursday, February 16th, 7 p.m. Ann Beattie: The University of Memphis, University Center, Faulkner Lounge, Thursday, February 16th, 8:30 p.m.

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