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"The Zookeeper's Wife" Author to Visit Collin

March 20, 2017 – Author Diane Ackerman will visit Collin College campuses Tuesday-Thursday, April 4-6 for live discussions and signing events for her Book-in-Common selection, “The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story.” The events are free and open to the public.

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a dramatic retelling of the lives of Antonina Żabińska and her family as they worked to subvert the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, Poland, and save as many Jewish refugees as they could. The family hid friends and strangers alike in their tiny villa and in the Warsaw Zoo’s animal habitats, which had largely been destroyed in Germany’s initial assault on the country. The book has also been turned into a movie which will premier in late March.

Ackerman will talk about her work and 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, April 4 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano; 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 5 at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco; and 1 p.m., Thursday, April 6 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 more than 53,000 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 3,100 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.