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Kirby Larson ('76) and Michael Norman ('69)

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Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson (’76, Broadcast Communication) put her way through school by working in the English Department for Professor Knute Skinner, a poet and editor of The Bellingham Review.

“I spent many, many hours typing (yes typing!) his manuscripts and other documents," Larson writes. "That was in the days of carbon copies, and razor blades and white-out for errors. I was so grateful when he got an IBM Selectric -- a self-correcting typewriter!”

Larson's books include Newbery Honor Book “Hattie Big Sky,” (Delacorte, 2006), “Hattie Ever After,” (Delecorte, 2013) and “DUKE,” (Scholastic, 2013).

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Michael Norman

Michael Norman (’69, History) spent most of his class time in the Humanities Building for his major in History and a minor in Political Science, and he left Western with a love of books. After a career in law enforcement and 25 years teaching criminal justice at Weber State University in Utah, Norman became a mystery writer in his mid-50s.

Norman's books include “The Commission,” (Poisoned Pen Press, 2007) a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2007, “On Deadly Ground” (Poisoned Pen Press, 2008), “Silent Witness,” (Poisoned Pen Press, 2010) and “Skeleton Picnic” (Poisoned Pen Press, 2012).

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