Award-winning author headlines Heidelberg lecture series

Sep 13, 2012

Donna van LiereHeidelberg University will welcome New York Times best-selling author Donna VanLiere in October as the fall keynote speaker in the 2012-13 Patricia Adams Lecture Series.

VanLiere will arrive on campus Oct. 17 to begin a series of formal and informal sessions with students and the campus community. An event is also being planned at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. Her keynote address will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Seiberling Gymnasium. The public is invited.

Born and raised in northeastern Ohio, VanLiere has published nearly 15 titles, including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into TV movies on CBS and starred Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. VanLiere’s story, The Christmas Hope, was adapted by Lifetime Television and premiered in December 2009. Her newest work, The Good Dream, was released in July.

VanLiere began her writing career “on the side” in Nashville while doing theatre, commercial voiceover and radio work. Her first book was published in 2001. She has since received a Retailer’s Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award and an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction. A frequently sought-after conference speaker, she has appeared at many women’s and family events, including Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.

A graduate of Cedarville University, VanLiere lives in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Troy, and their three children, Grace, Kate and David.

In the spring of 2010, The John and Patricia Adams Foundation created and funded the lecture series at Heidelberg, John’s alma mater, to bring to campus, twice annually, exceptional female speakers from a broad spectrum of personal and professional backgrounds. The series provides an opportunity to learn from outstanding women who have made significant contributions as executives, leaders and innovators.

VanLiere’s keynote lecture and dinner is open to the public. The event begins with a reception at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner and the lecture at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. For additional information or to make reservations, visit