Celebrated Author Returns to Harper College

The author of over 30 novels, essay collections and anthologies, Thomas E. Kennedy has a unique relationship with Harper College. He has visited the campus 11 times since 1996 to discuss his work and has had two documentaries based on his books produced by the College.

Kennedy will make his twelfth visit to Harper on Monday, September 16, from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Library, Building F, on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatin, where he will discuss and answer questions about his newest book, "Kerrigan in Copenhagen." The novel, about an American expatriate writing a guide to drinking establishments in Copenhagen, is the third in a series of four novels Kennedy has written with the Danish capital at its center.

"We are fortunate that Tom's book tour has included us again," said Harper College English Professor Greg Herriges, who has taught Kennedy's work in his classes and has known the author since the mid-'90s. "He is an author of realism and magical realism, a short story writer, a novelist. His work proves to be a great draw in a our curriculum infusion program, and I'm looking forward to hearing him share his latest book with our students."

In addition to hosting the author 11 times over the last 15 years, Harper produced two documentaries on Kennedy's books, "Thomas E. Kennedy: The Copenhagen Quartet" in 2004 and a short film based on "In the Company of Angels." Both short films were written by Herriges and directed by Tom Knoff, former Media Productions Coordinator at Harper.