Author Richard Glaubman will appear at Lamar State College-Port Arthur where he will speak about his book “Life Is So Good”. The event is open to the general public and is free to attend.
This is the culminating event for the Seahawks SOAR (Students Achievement in Reading) program initiative. One aspect of the SOAR project is hosting student book clubs. During the Spring 2013 semester, Glaubman’s book “Life Is So Good” was the selected reading material.
The event begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the main theater of the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lamar State, located at 1500 Procter Street in Port Arthur.
In Glaubman’s book, George Dawson, a 103-year-old slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98, reflects on his life and offers valuable lessons in living and a fresh, firsthand view of America during the 20th Century. Glaubman captures Dawson's irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, Dawson's description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has always sustained him: "Life is so good. I do believe it's getting better."
Glaubman graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. His only formal writing class was the required freshman English 101 that he completed during the last quarter of his senior year. The day after graduation when he went to collect his paper, he found that he had received an “A,” which was not that common an occurrence in his college career. His professor said, “Since you are the only senior, that's a good thing, but you actually have some talent. What are you going to do now that you are finished with school?"
Having graduated with no plan in mind, Glaubman surprised himself when he responded, “I’m going to be a writer.”
After reading an article about Dawson, Glaubman began making regular visits and the resulting collaboration led to the book, “Life Is So Good”, published by Random House.
Glaubman has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, The Discovery Health Channel, and numerous regional television and radio stations and his book has been reviewed by the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Seattle Post Intelligencer and The Dallas Morning News, as well as many other publications. It has been a selection of both the Book of the Month Club and the Literary Guild.
By the Charter of the University of the State of New York, the New School University awarded him a doctorate of Human Letters "for outstanding achievement in the service of humankind." And, “Life Is So Good” won the Christopher Award for writers whose work "affirms the highest values of the human spirit."
A book signing will take place after Glaubman’s presentation with copies of his follow-up work, “More Than a Book”, available for purchase for $15 to the public and $12 for LSC-PA students.