Ball State Alumnus Ashley C. Ford Donates Copies of Best Selling “Somebody’s Daughter” to Community Partners

A Ball State University alumnus and best-selling author donated the honoraria from her work as the University’s Fall 2021 Writer-in-Residence to provide free books to many community partners.

Ashley C. Ford, a 2018 Ball State graduate, whose powerful debut memoir, “Somebody’s Daughter,” earned a spot on the New York Times’ The Best Sellers List, will donate copies of their book to students, teachers and staff at Burris Laboratory School, Community Schools in Muncie, Youth Opportunity Center, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie and African- American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. programs, Multicultural Center and Office of Inclusive Excellence at Ball State.

Other local recipients of Ms. Ford’s book include Motivate Our Minds, Shafer Leadership Academy, the YWCA, and the YMCA.

Ms Ford will have copies of her book available for purchase Thursday at her second of three public events as Ball State’s Writer-in-Residence, “A Conversation with President Mearns,” starting at 7:30 p.m. at Sursa Performance Hall. . She will also be available to sign books after the conclusion of the event, which is free and open to the public.

“I am impressed by – and grateful – Ms. Ford’s generosity,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “Ashley’s dedication to transforming lives and uplifting our community is an example of her continued commitment as a Ball State graduate to deliver on the promises set out in our charitable pledge. “

“Somebody’s Daughter” explores Ms. Ford’s adult life in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a single mother and an incarcerated father. The book was published in June by Flatiron Books under the An Oprah Book brand.

Ball State welcomed Ms. Ford back to campus this fall as a writer in residence to share her work and interact with students and faculty, as well as engage with campus and local communities. On September 15, she read excerpts from “Somebody’s Daughter” during a public appearance at Ball State’s John J. Pruis Hall. Her two remaining public appearances are Thursday at Sursa Hall with President Mearns, and November 11 for the “Somebody’s Daughter” Book Club, in which Ms. Ford will join Professor Jill Christman for a heated discussion of memoirs at Ball State’s Student Center. Ballroom.

As part of the Writer-in-Residence program, Ms. Ford has also shared her work and interacted with students and faculty at several non-public events, including scheduled visits to Ball State classes, a meet and greet at the Multicultural Center of the university, and a few gatherings where Ms. Ford shared time, or will share time, with small groups of students, faculty, and representatives from community and academic organizations.

The Ball State Writer-in-Residence program is sponsored by the Office of the President; the English department; the Office of Inclusive Excellence; the Multicultural Center; the African American Studies program; Office of Community Engagement; Studies on women and gender; and the Shafer Leadership Academy.

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