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Meet the Keynote Speaker

Andre Debus III
Acclaimed Author

We are honored to announce that Andre Debus will deliver the Lasell University Graduate Commencement address for the Class of 2024.

Andre Dubus

Andre Dubus III is the accomplished author of nine books, including New York Times bestsellers House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies. House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award and was made into an Academy Award-nominated featured film. His 2013 novella collection, Dirty Love, was listed as a “Notable Book” by The Washington Post and The New York Times. His 2018 novel, Gone So Long, was named one of The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018” and Amazon’s “Best Books of 2018, Top 100.” His most recent novel, Such Kindness, was recognized by Amazon as one of the best books of 2023.

Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Magazine Award for Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. He is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and is a faculty member at UMass Lowell. His books are published in over twenty-five languages.