The University of Richmond will welcome Scott Simon, an internationally celebrated author and broadcaster as this year’s Peple Lecture speaker Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the Robins School of Business, Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium.

An award-winning writer and journalist, Simon has reported from all over the world and many wars. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday, which with more than 4 million listeners is the most-listened to news program on NPR. Simon has written six books and hosts public television specials and does stories for CBS Sunday Morning.

His most recent book “Unforgettable” is a memoir chronicling his relationship with his mother. The book was born out of a series of tweets that Simon shared with his more than 1 million Twitter followers to honor his mother, as he stayed by her bedside in the final days of her life. The book was an instant bestseller.

For the Peple Lecture, Simon’s presentation will be “How to Tell a Story,” which will focus on understanding the most fundamental elements of the art of storytelling.

This annual event is hosted by The Friends of the Boatwright Memorial Library. The Edward C. and Mary S. Peple Library Lectureship annually brings celebrated authors and scholars to the University of Richmond. The lectureship honors the Peples, who began Friends of the Boatwright Memorial Library in the late 1970s.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seating. Please register at A reception and book signing will follow.

For more information, contact Boatwright Library Administrative Office at 804-289-8454 or visit

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