Named New York Times Books Review's Notable Book in its year-end survey, Dakota also was named one of the Best Books of 1993 by the Library Journal. Norris received the New Visions Award from the Quality Paperback Book Club and the Society of Midland Authors Award for 1993. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Falling Off (1971) and The Middle of the World (1981).
The Whiteside Distinguished Lectureship was established by Jack and Aggie Bandy of Dalton, Ga., in memory of Mrs. Bandy's parents, William Murray Whiteside and Lucy Magdalene Whiteside, who were community leaders and members of the First United Methodist Church of Dalton.
The lecture will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in Cannon Chapel. Admission is free.
- Joyce Bell