Carolina alumnus, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni to speak at UNC

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 — Frank Bruni, former restaurant critic for The New York Times and an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give two talks at UNC on Nov. 5 and 6. Both talks are open to the public.

  Carolina alumnus, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni to speak at UNC click to enlarge The cover of Frank Bruni's book, "Born Round"

CHAPEL HILL — Frank Bruni, former restaurant critic for The New York Times and an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give two talks at UNC on Nov. 5 and 6. Both talks are open to the public.

Bruni’s first talk, at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 in Carroll Hall, is titled “An Extraordinary Journalistic Adventure.” He will take the audience on a lively journey through his varied, versatile career in journalism that has spanned movie coverage, Vatican reporting, the presidential campaign trail, and restaurant criticism. From flying on the Pope’s plane, to sitting on the back porch in Kennebunkport with George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, to dining with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, to riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle across Saddam Hussein’s Iraq for several days, Frank’s career has run a fascinating gamut. A book signing will follow.

Then at noon on Saturday, Nov. 6, Bruni will give a luncheon talk at the 6th Annual UNC Conference on Eating Disorders at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. He will discuss some of the themes explored in his New York Times-bestselling book “Born Round”: childhood obesity, diet and fitness, the restaurant scene, and being the New York Times restaurant critic.

As an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill, Bruni was a Morehead scholar and worked on the staff of the student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1986 with a B.A. in English.

Media contact: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

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