Author Jessica Handler to speak at Wingate University

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Wingate, N.C. – Jessica Handler, author of the memoir Invisible Sisters, will speak at Wingate University on Monday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Recital Hall at the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center. The free talk includes a reading, question and answer session and a book signing.

Invisible Sisters explores Handler’s story of family love and loss as she deals with living with her sisters and their illnesses. One sister, Susie, was diagnosed with leukemia when Jessica was eight years old. Her other sister, Sarah, was born with a rare, congenital blood disorder.

An essay from Invisible Sisters was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. Handler’s nonfiction writing has appeared in Psychology Today and Southern Arts Journal. She is a creative writing teacher at the Art Institute of Atlanta.

For more information on the Author Talk, contact Kevin Winchester, director of Wingate University’s Writing Center at

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the doctor of pharmacy and the doctor of education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.