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Novelist Chris Farnsworth to speak at commencement

Novelist and College of Idaho alumnus Christopher Farnsworth will return to his alma mater as keynote speaker for the College’s 2014 Commencement ceremonies May 17.

Farnsworth ’93 is best known as the author of The President’s Vampire series chronicling the adventures of Nathaniel Cade, a vampire sworn to protect the President of the United States from supernatural threats. Born and raised in Idaho, Farnsworth worked as an investigative and business reporter before selling his first movie script, The Academy, to MGM. His work also has appeared in the New Republic, Washington Monthly and the New York Post.

“The College of Idaho has long been known for helping young writers grow and hone their craft,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Christopher is continuing that legacy and we are pleased that our Class of 2014 will hear from a graduate who has achieved so much success as an author.”

Farnsworth came to the C of I expecting to pursue a career in law, but was persuaded by long-time writing professor and Idaho Book of the Year winner John Rember to pursue a career in writing. Farnsworth’s bestselling books have been optioned for film and television and translated into nine languages. His next novel will be published by William Morrow in 2015.

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. May 17 in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of the C of I campus. The ceremonies conclude at approximately noon and will be webcast live at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 12 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.