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Whitworth alumna to give Sept. 21 reading of spiritual memoir

September 13, 2012

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On Sept. 21, Whitworth alumna Andrea Palpant Dilley, ’00, will give a reading of her new memoir, Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt (Zondervan, 2012). The reading will take place at Whitworth's Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253.

Released last February, Faith and Other Flat Tires has already received praise from authors, pastors and scholars. Paul J. Willis, author of Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild, wrote, “Seldom have I been so touched by the truth and ache of a spiritual memoir. Andrea Palpant Dilley’s writing is fresh and clean and direct.”

Dilley is the recipient of Whitworth's 2009 Young Alumni Award and has collaborated with Whitworth to produce the documentaries In Time of War, Art in Me and A Portrait of Leonard Oakland. Her writing has appeared in Rock and Sling, Geez magazine, Utne Reader, and Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical, as well as online with CNN, Huffington Post and Christianity Today’s

“Andrea came from a family of great writers and storytellers, and she began her writing and filmmaking vocations while she was still an English major at Whitworth,” says Pamela Corpron Parker, a professor of English at Whitworth. “She’s a great example of the student whose passions and gifts have been honed by a liberal arts education. I’m delighted to be teaching her first book in my Women Writers class this semester, and I look forward to having her inspire our students with her lyrical prose and honest insights.”

Following the reading, Dilley will sign copies of Faith and Other Flat Tires, which will be available for purchase. Refreshments also will be available.

Dilley graduated from Whitworth in 2000 with degrees in English writing, literature and Spanish. She is a documentary producer whose work has aired nationally on American Public Television. For more information on Dilley and her upcoming readings, visit

Faith and Other Flat Tires is available at,, Barnes & Noble, and local bookstores. Copies may be purchased at the Whitworth bookstore at (509) 777-3277 or online at

The Whitworth Speakers & Artists Series presents a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas that enrich the intellectual and spiritual life of the campus and the larger community. Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission to provide an education of mind and heart. Whitworth faculty and staff are confident that Christian worldviews and Christian thinkers are sharpened by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and by engagement with the broadest spectrum of ideas. This confidence motivates Whitworth to invite to campus speakers and artists who can help our community engage in critical and careful thinking, as well as in civil discourse and effective action to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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