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Visiting Writer Has Works Applauded by Oprah Winfrey

Thu Oct 4 2012

HICKORY, N.C. — The next speaker in the Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series is   New York writer Bernice L. McFadden. McFadden will appear on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus in the Belk Centrum on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public—no tickets or reservations required.

McFadden is the author of fourteen critically acclaimed and award-winning bestselling novels, including Sugar and The Warmest December, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Nowhere Is a Place was a Washington Post Best Fiction book for 2006.

McFadden is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist for fiction, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards. She takes cues from writers and influences such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Ann Petry, and Rita Dove. Her most recent novel Gathering of Waters (2012) has been called “a kind of miracle” by the New York Times Book Review. Her novel Glorious (2010) was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Fiction and selected for the debut of “One Book, One Harlem” program. Oprah Winfrey applauded Glorious and featured it in O Magazine. McFadden’s work has been praised by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison as “searing and expertly imagined.”

For almost three decades the Series has brought world-renowned authors to campus to discuss and read from their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. The Visiting Writers Series is free to the public thanks to the support of sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Crowne Plaza, NC Arts Council, Our State Magazine, Patrick Beaver Library, Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center, United Arts Council of Catawba County, WDAV 88.9fm, and WFAE 90.3fm.

For additional information on each author and on the entire Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University, go to or call 828-328-7077.

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