Friends of the Old Dominion University Library


Events and Exhibits

14th Annual Author Dinner Scheduled for April 8th, 2008

The Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries are pleased to announce that the guest speaker at this year's Annual Author Dinner will be Mike D’Orso, author of Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe And A High School Basketball Season In Arctic Alaska, who will speak on "Staying Alive: How Writers And Publishers Are Fighting To Keep the Traditional 'Book' From Becoming An Endangered Species.”    The Friends of the Libraries Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Lawrence J. Hatab, Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University. 

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in the River Rooms of Webb Center on the Old Dominion University campus.  The reception will begin at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.  A vegetarian entrée is available upon request.  Cost for the dinner is $35 (Life Members’ cost is $30); checks made payable to Friends of the Libraries should be mailed to:   Friends of the Libraries - Author Dinner / 229 Perry Library / Old Dominion University / Norfolk VA 23529-0256.  Reservations must be received by Wednesday, April 2.             

Mike D’Orso’s work includes fifteen books, all in the form of narrative nonfiction. Seven have been bestsellers (including Rosewood: Like Judgment Day, basis for the motion picture “Rosewood”; and Walking With the Wind, the story of civil rights activist and current U.S. Congressman John Lewis). Three have been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Mike’s most recent book, Eagle Blue, was chosen by the American Library Association for its 2007 “Alex” Award, given to the ten best “adult” books of the year for teen readers. It was also named a “Best Sports Book of the Year” by Booklist magazine, and was chosen as a “Best Book of the Year” by national bookstore distributor BookSource.

Honors for Mike’s other works – whose subjects range from politics to professional football, from racial conflict to environmental destruction, and from inner-city public education to spinal cord injury – include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the New York Times Notable Book of the Year list, the American Library Association’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, the Lillian Smith Book Award for writing on social justice, the Christopher Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Lawrence J. Hatab is Louis I. Jaffe Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University.  He has taught at Old Dominion since 1976 and chaired the Philosophy Department for 12 years.  His primary research interests are the work of Heidegger and Nietzsche, as well as ancient philosophy.  In addition to over 40 published articles, his books include: Myth and Philosophy: A Contest of Truths, A Nietzschean Defense of Democracy: An Experiment in Postmodern Politics, Ethics and Finitude: Heideggerian Contributions to Moral Philosophy, and Nietzsche's Life Sentence:  Coming to Terms with Eternal Recurrence.  A new book on Nietzsche's “genealogy of morality’ will be published this year by Cambridge University Press.  His awards at Old Dominion University include: The Robert L. Stern Award for teaching and The Elisabeth and Charles Burgess Award for research.  This academic year he was named as a University Professor.

For more information, please call Fern McDougal at 683-4146, or e-mail her at: fmcdouga@odu.edu