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Novelist and Screenwriter John Burnham Schwartz To Speak at Lenoir-Rhyne

Tue Jan 29 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — The fifth speaker in the Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series will be John Burnham Schwartz. Schwartz will appear on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus in Belk Centrum on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. – no tickets or reservations required.

Schwartz is a recipient of a Lyndhurst Prize for mastery in the art of fiction. His journalism has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, and Vogue. Schwartz has taught fiction writing at Harvard, the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, and Sarah Lawrence College. He is also the literary director of the Sun Valley Writers Conference, which is one of the leading literary festivals in the United States.

Northwest Corner (2011), his fifth and most recent novel, has been praised by Publishers Weekly: “Imaginative and taut, Schwartz’s writing is seamless and infinitely inspiring.” His work has been domestically and internationally popular and translated into more than 20 languages. Reservation Road, abest-seller published in 1998, was made into a major motion picture in 2007. The filmed starred Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Connelly. Since writing the screen play for Reservation Road, Schwartz has written screen adaptations for Sony Pictures and Lionsgate. Currently, he is writing an HBO film about Bernie Madoff, which will star and be produced by Robert De Niro.

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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