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February 01, 2008
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Bookstore to feature student's work

Courtesy of The Crusader/Caitlin Fleming
Inspiration-- Sophomore William Paris delivered a speech to the campus community during the Winter Convocation held January 21.
For the most part, Susquehanna's bookstore provides books written by others that are meant to be read by students. But this week, a book written by one of our students will be available for purchase.

Sophomore William Paris wrote "The Great Journey: Beginnings of the Soul Keeper," and the bookstore will receive 40 copies of it for sale. A book signing will be held on Monday, Feb. 4.

Paris said he was 17 when the book was first published. He said he can't name just one thing that made him start writing.

"I've always been writing. I had this idea in my head and just started writing it down. It's just something I had to do," he said.

Paris said "The Great Journey" starts with a boy who has been having nightmares. "The nightmares lead him to learn that he's someone special," he said. "The entire book sort of follows his journey into his self-discovery, what is good and evil and how we fight the evil that is in ourselves."

Students and faculty already may have heard some of Paris' writing. On Jan. 21, he spoke at the convocation held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Armenta Hinton, interim director of multicultural affairs, asked Paris to be one of the student speakers at the event. She said she thought of him because he is a writer for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is "very civic minded" and "very politically astute."
She said, "I've seen his work, and aside from that he's probably the only published author in the student body, I knew that he would do a really good job in representing the students during such an important occasion."

Hinton said having a student speak at convocation was about making it an "organic process that was more meaningful for the student body."

She said: "Everything we do at Susquehanna really is either about a teaching moment or a learning moment. It would have been alright for students to come to an event and have someone talk to them or at them, but I think it means more when a student stands before them sharing their thoughts."

Paris said he wrote the speech in one night, and the revisions for it took two days. He said he was nervous while delivering the speech.

"I didn't know how many people were up there, and when I saw, I did get very nervous," he said. "I just thought it was a very great honor, and I just hoped that my words could do something good."

Paris said, "I have to say that I feel very honored and I guess kind of blessed that I have this talent for writing, that I have this passion and that I can actually do something with it."

Paris said he is "nervous and excited" that the student body will have the chance to read his work.

He said: "I would like people to come to the book signing to ask questions about the process and how I came to write the story. I may not have much to offer being a young writer, but I can give the experience of what it was like to write a novel at such a young age and what inspired me."

"The Great Journey: Beginnings of the Soul Keeper" will be available for purchase in Susquehanna's bookstore. Paris will sign copies and discuss the book in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on Monday, Feb. 4, starting at 4:30 p.m.

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