Visiting Writers Series 2011-2012 Schedule





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Published on Aug 22, 2011

Lenoir-Rhyne University is pleased to announce the 23rd season of the Visiting Writers Series. For almost three decades the Series has brought world-renowned authors to the Hickory, NC campus to discuss and read from their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences.

The 2011-12 season is:

Wes Moore
September 16th 7:00pm
P.E. Monroe Auditorium
Since the publication of his book, The Other Wes Moore, African-American non-fiction author Wes Moore has been slated by Bill Cohen, former secretary of defense, "to become one of the most pow­er­ful and influ­en­tial lead­ers of this cen­tury."

Natasha Trethewey
October 6th 7:00pm
Belk Centrum
Her book Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010) traces the recovery of her childhood hometown after the devastating natural disaster. Her 2007 collection of poems, Native Guard, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Edward P. Jones
November 3rd 7:00pm
Belk Centrum
Jones' stories, prompted by questions from his enigmatic and often tragic life experiences, mold his publications: Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times bestselling novel The Known World (2003) and his short-story collections Lost in the City (2004) and All Aunt Hagar's Children (2006).

Isaac Anderson
Visiting Writer-in-Residence
February 2 7:00pm
Belk Centrum
Anderson recently completed his MFA from The University of Ohio. As an emerging nonfiction writer specializing in the spiritual biography, Anderson's work also includes interviews, reviews, essays and translations.

Judy Goldman
February 2 7:00pm
Belk Centrum
Goldman, a North Carolina author of two novels and two poetry collections, has a readership that recognizes what Library Journal calls "masterfully written" work.

Sandra Cisneros
March 1st 7:00pm
Belk Centrum
Cisneros' books, House on Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek, and Caramelo, all evoke the power of words to tell a meaningful part of America's history through novels, poetry and short stories.

Sandra Cisneros
March 2nd
The LRU Visiting Writers Series in conjunction with UNC-Asheville will present an encore presentation by Cisneros on the UNC-A campus.

Lynne Cherry -- The Little Read
March 31st 12:00pm
P.E. Monroe Auditorium
Her best-selling books like The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran are written out of inspiration from the natural world and encourage the same inspiration in children to make a difference.

Alexander McCall Smith
April 19th 7:00pm
P.E. Monroe Auditorium
Alexander McCall Smith is not only the author of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series, and other internationally best-selling series, but also a respected expert on medical law and bioethics, as well as a founder and member of The Really Terrible Orchestra.

"Now in our third decade of high-quality literary programming, I want to thank Lenoir-Rhyne University for its support, which has allowed us to keep our events free and open to the public-especially in these challenging times," said Dr. Rand Brandes, director of the Visiting Writers Series.

For additional information on each author and on the entire Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University, go to http://visitingwriters.lr.edu or call 828-328-7077.

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