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Visiting Writers Series returns to LRU for its 26th season

Fri Aug 15 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Returning for its 26th season, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will begin the 2014-15 season on Thursday, September 4. For nearly three decades, the series has brought world-renowned authors to members of the LRU campus and the citizens of Hickory, NC.

Known for his short story collections, George Saunders will kick off the season, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium. Also a creative writing professor at Syracuse University, Saunders’ story collections include, Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, In Persuasion Nation, and most recently Tenth of December. Saunders has appeared on talk shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, has been published in Best American Short Story and named one of the top 100 most creative people by Entertainment Weekly.

The series continues with the following writers:

Joshua Bennett, on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in PE Monroe

Bennett has performed his poetry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening for Poetry and Music at the White House. He has also performed with Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove.

Rebecca Skloot, on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium

The Hickory Public Library will co-sponsor this event. Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has remained on the New York Times bestseller list for four years. More than 60 critics called her book one of the best of 2010; just a few of these critics include USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, NPR and People Magazine.

Colum McCann, on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium

Irish Fiction writer McCann, has published six novels and two collections of short stories. His novel, Let the Great World Spin, received national and world-wide acclaim, earning him the National Book Award for the novel. In 2010 and 2011, the novel was awarded the Best Foreign Novel Award in China and the International Impac Award. Let the Great World Spin was a best-seller on four continents. His most recent novel is Transatlantic published in 2013.

Jesmyn Ward, on Monday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum

Ward published her first novel, Where the Line Bleeds, in 2011. For her second novel, Salvage the Bones, she received the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award. Her most recent book, published in 2013, is a memoir titled Men We Reaped. 

Katherine Howe, on Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum

Howe will be Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Spring 2015 Visiting Writer-in-Residence. A New York Times bestselling author, she has published two novels, with her third novel, Conversion debuting this year. Her first novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane shifts between contemporary times and the Salem Witch Trials. USA Today describes the book as “mesmerizing.”  Her second novel, The House of Velvet and Glass has received much acclaim.

Paul Muldoon, on Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum

Muldoon was born in 1951 in Northern Ireland.  Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is a professor at Princeton University and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts.  Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, and since 2007 he has served as poetry editor of The New Yorker.

Nadia Bolz-Weber, on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium

Bolz-Weber is the founding Lutheran pastor at the House for all Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. The mission congregation is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Bolz-Weber is also author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television. She has also written a memoir titled Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint. She writes for Christian publications such as Christian Century and Sojourners. 

Joyce Hostetter, on Saturday, April 18 at 12 p.m., PE Monroe Auditorium

This year’s Little Read author, Joyce Hostetter is most famous for her novel Blue, which tells the story of Hickory’s 1944 polio epidemic. A sequel to the book titled, Comfort was released in 2009. The Little Read is an event for young people and the community.

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.

All events are open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

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