Considered a master of creative nonfiction and literary journalism, Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the National Book Award for nonfiction with his second book, “The Soul of a New Machine,” which follows a team of researchers in the early 1980s struggling to design a new microcomputer.
He also wrote the 2003 New York Times best-seller “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World,” a biography of the physician and anthropologist who fights infectious disease around the globe. Farmer appeared at UIndy in October to address global health issues.
His other books include “My Detachment: A Memoir,” reflecting on Kidder’s 1967-69 tour of duty in Vietnam, and “Strength in What Remains,” an account of a Burundian refugee’s search for purpose in the United States.
Admission is free to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. at Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Kidder will sign copies of his books.