Author Spotlight on Madeline Miller

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Author of Circe and The Song of Achilles

Schlow presents Author Spotlight, a new series bringing bestselling authors to the Centre Region. Madeline Miller will visit Schlow to discuss her novel, Circe and, in larger context, adaptations of classical themes. Circe hit bestseller lists last Spring and her retelling of this classic tale has caused a sensation in the literary world.

Book signing and sale to follow.

Register online to ensure seating. Walk-in seating may be limited.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

About Madeline

Madeline Miller’s first novel, The Song of Achilles, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Before she was a novelist, Miller earned her BA and MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for more than 15 years. Her novels have been translated into more than 25 languages, and her essays have appeared in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly, and on

About Circe

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. 

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Praise for the Book

“Spellbinding…. in Miller’s conception, Circe is the hero of her own epic…. Miller has created a daring feminist take on a classic narrative...” O Magazine


Author Spotlight is sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State, Kish Bank, McQuaide Blasko, Schlow Library Foundation, Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, and Webster’s Bookstore & Café. Also with generous support from Nancy Eaton and Fred & Judy Sears.

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