Jeannette Walls to Speak at Presidential Lecture & Performance Series

Bestselling author will discuss her life growing up in poverty.

Jeannette Walls will speak at the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series at Texas Tech University at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Student Union Building Allen Theater about her memoir “The Glass Castle.” In the New York Times bestseller, Jeannette Walls describes her life growing up with her three siblings and their parents who manage at once to neglect them, love them and teach them to face their fears.  In the memoir, Walls’ describes how all three children go without food and indoor plumbing yet are encouraged to read Shakespeare and dream of the beautiful glass house they will all one day build. At the age of 16, Walls left her family and moved to New York City. She enrolled in Barnard College and eventually became a well-known columnist for New York magazine and along with becoming a television personality. Walls lives in Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor. The Presidential Lecture & Performance Series brings enrichment to Texas Tech’s academic and cultural experience by bringing scholars and artists together with the university’s students, faculty and area residents. Tickets for the event are $12 for general admission through Select-A-Seat and free for students with a valid ID at the Student Union Building (SUB) ticket booth. Tickets for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech members are $10 with valid ID at the Select-A-Seat Civic Center office or SUB ticket booth. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at CONTACT: Jo Moore, administrator, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700 or