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‘The Dog Stars’ Author Peter Heller to Visit Collin College

March 1, 2016 – Author Peter Heller will visit Collin College campuses Tuesday-Thursday, March 15-17 for live discussions and signing events for his Book-in-Common selection, The Dog Stars. The events are free and open to the public.

The Dog Stars follows the survivors of a flu-like plague that killed off 99 percent of the world and an environment well into the effects of global warming. Alternating between pulse-pounding action and lyrical discourses on life and nature, the book asks questions about what it means to truly live. Heller drew on his years as a journalist and adventure writer for outdoor magazines to flesh out the book, which was called “The world’s most poetic survival guide” by Publisher’s Weekly.

Heller will talk about his life, his work and his writing process in a series of Book-in-Common lectures, which are the culmination of a yearlong program in which students throughout the college were encouraged to read the book and discuss its themes.

The following events each include an author presentation, a question and answer session, and a book signing: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 15 at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco; 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano; and 1 p.m., Thursday, March 17 at the Central Park Campus Conference Center, 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney.

For more information about the lectures or to learn more about Book-in-Common, visit or contact the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement at or call 972.881.5927.

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.

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