The KU Big Read: Music

The KU Big Read: Music

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Join us for a discussion on 'The Gravity of Us' by 2022 KU Big Read author Phil Stamper and the role that 'Music' plays in our lives.

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Please join us online for a fascinating talk about the power of 'Music' within 'The Gravity of Us' as well as our own lives.

This book has a strong background soundtrack. Music is a continuous theme – perhaps because the author himself is a musician. For the main character it’s a support system, and books get used as both first dates and peace offerings. There’s also interesting consideration of how to store music and the best formats for sharing.

The event will feature Cynthia Stephens-Himonides, senior lecturer in Music at Kingston, and Will Brooker, professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston.

About the Author

Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music from the University of Dayton and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing from Kingston University.

When he first left his home state, he moved to Washington, DC. Soon after, he began his career in non-profit PR. In addition to the press releases and news stories, he began writing novels on the side.

Years later, Phil is now the bestselling author of The Gravity of Us, As Far As You’ll Take Me, and other books. Although his work is generally marketed as ‘young adult’, his books have a far wider audience. He works in author development for a major book publisher in New York City, where he lives with his husband and their dog. Golden Boys, the first book in his upcoming young adult rom-com duology, came out in February 2022. Small Town Pride, his debut middle grade novel, will be published in Summer 2022.

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