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Belk Centrum

All events are free and open to the public. Tickets are recommended in advance for Colson Whitehead, Erik Larson, and Zadie Smith. Tickets may be obtained by calling 828.328.7206 or going to the box office in PE Monroe Auditorium on LR's campus.

Iggy McGovern is the author of three collections of poetry, The King of Suburbia (2005), Safe House (2010), and A Mystic Dream of 4 (2013). A review in Poetry Ireland Trumpet said of A Mystic Dream of 4 "[It] succeeds very well both as poetry and as a story of [William Rowan] Hamilton's life. The sonnets are accomplished and the book has an impressive unity." McGovern co-edited Science Meets Poetry 3 and edited the anthology 2012: Twenty Irish Poets Respond to Science in Twelve Lines. He holds degrees in physics from Queen's University in Belfast and was a Professor of Physics at Trinity College Dublin until he retired in 2013; he has since been named a Fellow Emeritus in the School of Physics at Trinity. He began writing when he took a night class creative writing "to become more interesting", and has attended several other workshops since.

McGovern has received many awards, including the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. McGovern has read widely on the international stage, appearing in cities such as Beijing, Philadelphia, Prague, and Berlin. He has given lectures on the common ground between Literature and Science, served as a judge (alongside Michael Schmidt) for the 2012 Strokestown International Poetry Prize, and was a 2006 Distinguished Fellow (Poetry and Physics) at La Trobe University. In 2015 he was appointed the Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Researcher at ELINAS, Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg. When asked what advice he would give for writers just starting out, he said, "Remember that the fun is in the writing. Once you have a poem, you've had your fun already. Anything else is extra, a bonus, the sending out and all that."

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Grace Chapel

German organist Stefan Kiessling is a world-wide active concert organist, having been invited to more than 20 countries across the European, American, Asian, and Australian continents. He serves as the assistant organist at St. Thomas Leipzig, which is world known for its tradition of Bach music.

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You're invited to explore what makes a Lenoir-Rhyne education unique. Hear from leaders on campus, speak with current students, meet faculty in your prospective area of study, and take a campus tour. There is no better way to learn about the University than to experience it for yourself.

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P.E. Monroe Auditorium

All events are free and open to the public. Tickets are recommended in advance for Colson Whitehead, Erik Larson, and Zadie Smith. Tickets may be obtained by calling 828.328.7206 or going to the box office in PE Monroe Auditorium on LR's campus.

A native of New York City, Erik Larson is the author of seven novels, five of which are New York Times bestsellers. His most recent novel, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, hit #1 on the list. His previous book, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, also hit #1 on the Times list and has had movie rights optioned by Universal Studios and Tom Hanks' Playton. The Devil in the White City spent a combined total of over six years on the New York Times bestseller list, won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing and was a finalist for a National Book Award. Leonardo DiCaprio has acquired the option to make a movie of the book; Martin Scorsese will direct, Billy Ray will write the screenplay, and the studio will be backed by Paramount.

Larson has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and Harper's, among other magazines, and was nominated for a Pulitzer for investigative journalism at The Wall Street Journal. He received his undergraduate degree in Russian History, Language and Culture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude, and his Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. He has taught nonfiction writing at the University of Oregon and San Francisco State, as well as the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. He lists Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett as influences, and his writing routine, which includes getting up at 4:30 a.m. to work on writing one page a day, was partially inspired by novelist Graham Greene. When describing his primary goal as a writer, he said, "My primary goal is to produce as rich a historical experience as I possibly can. So readers can sink into the past and feel like they've spent some time there. That they've lived another life, however briefly."

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