Topic: "The End: Authorship, Nostalgia, and the Beatles"
Location: President's Hall, The Penn Stater
Introduction / Moderator: Rodney Erickson / Katie O'Toole
Kenneth Womack is the author of two novels, (2010), which earned Bronze Award for Literary Fiction, and (2012), which won the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Regional Fiction. He is also the author or editor of numerous works of nonfiction, including (2007) and (2009), which was named as s "Music Book of the Year."
Ken's latest novel, , will be published in the fall of 2013. His next Beatles-related work, , will be released in February 2014 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary appearance on .
Ken is Professor of English & Integrative Arts at Penn State University's Altoona College, where he also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is Editor of, published by Penn State University Press, and Co-Editor of Oxford University Press's prodigious .
Over the years, his work as teacher and writer has earned numerous awards, including Penn State University's Alumni Teaching Fellow Award (2006), Northern Illinois University's Golden Anniversary Alumni Award (2009), Penn State Altoona's Honorary Alumni Award (2009), and the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities (2010). In 2013, Ken was selected to serve as the sixth Penn State University Laureate.
In addition to studying Russian language and literature at the Moscow Institute of Communications, Ken earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Altoona, Pennsylvania, with his wife Jeanine and their family.