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Invitation to a Presentation/Reading by Denise Brown

    The University of Delaware Press and the University of Delaware Library will co-sponsor a presentation/reading by Denise Brown, graduate of the University of Delaware, Class of 1981, on her book, The Unspeakable, on Thursday, April 12, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. in the Reserve Room of the Morris Library.  A reception will follow.

    In 1998 a disgruntled employee went on a rampage at the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, killing four executives before turning the gun on himself.  Denise Brown, who lost her husband in the shootings, searches for answers in her book and gives voice to the story left untold by the media.

    A passionate and haunting memoir, The Unspeakable charts the difficult path from bitterness to hope -- the complicated grief that is the legacy of violence.

    The lack of candor that surrounds society’s “love affair” with violence is one element that moved Denise Brown to write her book.  “Someone should tell the truth,” she says in The Unspeakable while handing over important documents about the crime to an editor and reporter at an unnamed newspaper. David Kaczynski, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, says Brown’s work “should help us speak more honestly about violence and loss.”

    While not an activist, Denise Brown writes and speaks about healing after violence; she also writes about local history, food, and family life.  She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her three children.

    The event is open to the public and interested persons can request a printed invitation by sending an email to or by telephone at 302-831-2231.

    The Unspeakable published by the University of Delaware Press in 2007 will be available for purchase for $26.95 at the event and signing by the author.     

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