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UTSA hosts Award Winning Author Leonard Pitts Jr. at Main Campus Dec. 6

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(Dec. 2, 2013) -- UTSA will host award-winning author Leonard Pitts Jr. at "He Forgot. That was how it Started," a presentation based on his novel Before I Forget, which describes the difficulties faced by three generations of black men grappling with their complex roles as fathers and sons. The presentation, scheduled at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 in the UC Ski Lodge (UC 1.01.00) will be followed by a book signing from 11 a.m. to noon.

Pitts' 35-year career includes time as a columnist, radio producer college professor and lecturer. Currently, he is a news columnist for the Miami Herald. His column runs on Wednesdays and Sundays.

He received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a three-time recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists' Award of Excellence, is a five-time recipient of the Atlantic City Press Club's National Headliners Award and is a seven-time recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Award, in addition to receiving many other honors.

Pitts is the author of Freeman (Agate Bolden, 2012); Before I Forget (Agate Bolden, 2009); Forward From this Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2009, Daily Triumphs, Tragedies, and Curiosities (Agate Bolden, 2009); and Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood (Agate Bolden, 2006).

His Dec. 6 visit to UTSA is sponsored by the UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation, Department of English, Black Faculty and Staff Association, UTSA Registered Student Organizations, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.

Copies of Before I Forgot are available at the UTSA Bookstore.

To learn more about Pitts' upcoming book signing, contact Cassandra Porter at 210-458-4844 or cassandra.porter@utsa.edu.

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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