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LR's Visiting Writers Series presents Laila Lalami

LR's Visiting Writers Series presents Laila Lalami
LR's Visiting Writers Series presents Laila Lalami

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Visiting Writers Series will begin its 30th Anniversary Season with Laila Lalami, the University's Campus Read author, on Sept. 27, 2018 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The 2018 - 2019 season of authors includes a culturally diverse group of writers, including Lalami, a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. Lalami has written three books, "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits," "Secret Son," and "The Moor's Account." As this year's Campus Read author, all freshman students will read her book, "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits." The book details the journey of four Moroccan immigrants crossing the Straits of Gibraltar in a lifeboat seeking a better life in Spain.

Lalami's novel "The Moor's Account," published in 2014, received extensive international notice and numerous awards and recognitions including, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, American Book Award winner, Arab American Book Award winner, Hurston-Wright Legacy Award winner, Mann Booker Prize Longlist, and Wall Street Journal Top 10 Books of the Year. She has also previously been a recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, and British Council Fellowships, and currently teaches creative writing at University of California, Riverside.

The VWS 30th Anniversary Season will continue with the following authors:

October 4, 2018

Li-Young Lee

Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.

October 25, 2018

Ken Liu

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 7 p.m.

November 8, 2018

Matthias Göritz and Aaron Coleman

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 7 p.m.

November 15, 2018

Juan Felipe Herrera

Grace Chapel, 7 p.m.

January 21, 2019

Joshua Bennett – Martin Luther King Day speaker

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.

February 7, 2019

Armistead Maupin

P.E. Monroe, 7 p.m.

February 28, 2019

Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat – Writers in Residence

Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.

March 7, 2019

Louise Penny

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 7 p.m.

March 21, 2019

Kao Kalia Yang

Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.

April 4 & 6, 2019

Naomi Shihab Nye – The Little Read author

Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.

Belk Centrum

Saturday, April 6, 12 p.m.

P.E. Monroe Auditorium

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Sponsors of the 2018-19 VWS include: Barnes & Noble, NC Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, National Endowment for the Arts, Hickory Hop, Crowne Plaza, Café Rule, Hickory Public Library, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Robert Abbey Fine Lighting.

To learn more about the VWS visit lr.edu/VWS.