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Novelist, screenwriter and educator, Lou Berney to come to LR

Thu Oct 31 2013

HICKORY, N.C.—(Thursday, November 21, 2013/ Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.)

Lou Berney turned lemons to lemonade when the 2007–08 film and TV Writers Guild strike put his career on hold. He used the time to write his breakout novel, “Gutshot Straight.”

“Gutshot” is the story of a nice guy crook who’s paid to deliver a wholesome housewife to a notorious gangster. The crook decides to go noble and let the woman go, which sets off a series of calamities that land the hero, the woman and the bad guys in Panama where things go from bad to worse.

“Gutshot” was nominated for a Barry Award and named on the best debut crime novels of 2010. Its success led Berney to write a sequel called “Whiplash River,” which was published in 2012.

Much of Berney’s short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Berney has also written feature screenplays and created TV pilots for several major studios.

These days he spends much of his time teaching creative writing at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University.

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Series include:  Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

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