Karen Kingsbury, best-selling author of inspirational Christian fiction, will speak at the Samford University Legacy League Scholarship Luncheon Thursday, Jan. 31. Kingsbury has written more than 50 novels, and has more than 20 million books in print. She has been listed on bestseller lists by USA Today and The New York Times, and 10 of her novels have hit No. 1.
The luncheon will be at Vestavia Country Club at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 (of which $25 is tax-deductible), and the public is invited to attend. "Proceeds will provide life-changing scholarships to Samford University for deserving students with financial need," said Penny Kimrey, president of the Legacy League.
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"Kingsbury is referred to by Time magazine as the 'queen' of Christian fiction," said Kimrey. "Because of the impact her novels have had on readers (based on correspondence from them), Kingsbury has been able to formally trademark her work as Life-Changing Fiction. This emphasis fits well with the Legacy League because of its purpose to provide life-changing scholarships to Samford University."
Kingsbury's novel, Loving, released in March of 2012, was ranked No. 1 on The News York Times bestsellers list the first week it was released. Also in 2012, she released Coming Home, which ranked No.5. Her newest book is The Bridge, released in October of 2012.
Born in Fairfax, Va., Kingsbury began her career as a writer for the Los Angeles Times, working as an intern in sports before becoming a full-time staff member after graduation in 1986. She later wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News. She left newspaper work after selling her first book, a non-fiction work. She later wrote three novels in the true-crime genre and four collections of stories based on answered prayers before beginning to write inspirational fiction in 1998.
Kingsbury and her family live in Nashville, Tenn.