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Launch party set for G. Wayne Miller’s Claiborne Pell bio

September 30, 2011

Author, filmmaker, and ProJo reporter G. Wayne Miller sends word of this celebration for An Uncommon Man, his biography of the late Senator Claiborne Pell:

The public is invited to join Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, members of the Claiborne Pell family, and author G. Wayne Miller for the 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, launch party marking the release of Miller’s AN UNCOMMON MAN: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell, the authorized biography of the late six-term U.S. senator.

The event will be held at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center, 518 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 02840.

In addition to Reed and Whitehouse, whose political careers were greatly influenced by Pell, speakers will include Salve President Sr. Jane Gerety, Salve Chancellor Sr. M. Therese Antone, and two Pell grandchildren: Nick and Clay Pell. Miller will read from the book and sign copies. Newly named Pell Center executive director James Ludes will host.

Published by the University Press of New England, AN UNCOMMON MAN is the first biography of the creator of the Pell Grants college assistance program and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. A longtime advocate of global peace who was instrumental in several treaties and an early opponent of the Vietnam War, Pell was also known for his visionary ideas — and quirky personality. He served six terms in the Senate, longest of any Rhode Islander, from 1961 to 1997, never losing an election. Miller wrote the book with exclusive access to family archives and the Pell Collection at the University of Rhode Island, among other sources.

A staff writer at The Providence Journal, Miller is the author of seven previous books and is also a documentary filmmaker. His most recent film, 2010’s BEHIND THE HEDGEROW: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society, which he wrote and co-produced, has been broadcast on PBS and enjoyed several theatrical runs at Newport’s Jane Pickens Theater.

The Oct. 16 event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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