Earlier this week, we saw videos from Laura Mac (C’89) who will be celebrating her 20th reunion this weekend.
Two more alumni of note (authors!) will be back on campus respectively celebrating their 25th and 10th reunions.
Penn Alum and author Marie (Busterna) Lamba (C’84) will be back on campus this weekend celebrating her 25th reunion, as well as doing a book signing for her young adult novel WHAT I MEANT…this Saturday May 16th from 2-:4:30 pm at the Penn Bookstore (3601 Walnut Street)
WHAT I MEANT, which Publisher’s Weekly has called “an impressive debut,” is set in Doylestown and Philadelphia and is about a 15 year old girl, her mysterious guy, her Indian dad, her American mom, her evil aunt, and tons of drama and laughs.
Marie says she owes much of who she is today to her time at Penn. “I took tons of writing courses in college, and that, combined with my experiences as a student there, really helped shape me as a writer, and it influenced my novel as well.” The Philadelphia scenes in What I Meant… are drawn from her freshman year at Penn. “My teen character winds up stuck in Philly at night, completely lost and shook up. Kind of like me in my first year of college. I, too, was a small town girl who had a lot to learn about cities and about myself.”
Find out HERE how Marie got her start, got published and her advice to you on becoming an author!
"Because of Penntertainment, I got scouted for Nickelodeon. I had such a great time talking with them. I may be a resource for a show on science, travel, geography, gender etc. Thanks for all you do. It really makes a difference." -Lisa Niver Rajna C’89