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LRU’s Visiting Writers Series Presents “An Evening with Belle Boggs”

Fri Jan 3 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Belle Boggs, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Spring 2014 Visiting Writer-in-Residence will speak on Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

This free event is open to the public, and is part of LRU’s Visiting Writers Series, aimed at engaging a wide spectrum of the community while promoting civic discourse, creating opportunity for people to come together and hear new ideas, and sending thoughtful ripples of energy to a diverse population.

Boggs’ first book, Mattaponi Queen, published in 2010, and is composed of a collection of short stories that won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Award. Kirkus Reviews named it as one of the best debut fiction books of 2010. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in venues like The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, At Length, storySouth, Five Chapters, Oxford American, Blackbird, and Orion. Kirkus Reviews says of Boggs and Mattaponi Queen, “[Boggs] writes with subtlety, empathy, and command, so that every page features small surprises: jolts of recognition, pungent dialogue, keen observations. Unfussy, understand and richly varied stories – a promising debut.” Southern Living has also given Boggs the epithet of “Best New Southern Author.”

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.

For more information on the Visiting Writers Series, and to view the 25th Anniversary Program, visit:

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