Best-selling author Sara Gruen (“Riding Lessons,” “Water for Elephants,” “Ape House”) will speak Nov. 6 at Pierce College Puyallup to kick off its 2010-11 Pierce Presents series of artists and speakers.
One of the most widely-read of recent American novels, “Water for Elephants” tells the sometimes-harrowing tale of a circus hand who finds a niche working with a mistreated elephant named Rosie. Soon to be a film starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, “Water for Elephants” was a New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into 44 languages worldwide. Gruen’s fourth novel “Ape House” also deals with animals, telling the story of a family of bonobo apes stolen from a laboratory who appear on a TV reality show. Like “Water for Elephants” and her earlier “Riding Lesson” about a horse and rider, “Ape House” explores relationships between animals and humans, and what they show about human nature.
Gruen will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the new theater in the Arts and Allied Health Building at Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE, Puyallup. A book-signing reception will follow. Cost: $15 general/$5 for Pierce students with ID. Seating is limited. 253-840-8416, www.piercecollegepresents.com.