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Alumnus René Paul de la Varre Publishes Memoir

Date Released: 2/14/2008

René Paul de la Varre, ’93, a graduate of the Liberal Studies program, recently published Like Pop, Like Schling, a memoir chronicling his life growing up in a family of filmmakers, which began with his grandfather, André de la Varre Sr., an Academy Award winner.

The book retraces René’s footsteps through America, Europe and the Middle East over the past five decades. He pays particular honor to his relationship with his father, a talented filmmaker, pianist and writer, who was also an alcoholic.

René was born in Vienna, Austria, but spent parts of his life wandering like a nomad. He currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and daughters.