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“Gap Creek” Author Reads His Works Oct. 19 at Appalachian

081400morgan_dl.jpgBOONE–“Gap Creek” author Robert Morgan, best-selling author of more than 15 works of poetry and fiction set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, will read from his works Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union.

His presentation is part of the university’s Visiting Writers Series. Admission is free and the public is invited. Call Susan Weinberg at (828) 262-2871 for more information. The Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library will sponsor a reception following the reading.

Morgan has taught in Cornell University’s graduate writing program for almost 30 years.

He currently is a distinguished professor in residence in Appalachian’s Creative Writing Program. His presentation and fall residency at Appalachian were made possible by the late Rachel Rivers-Coffey and her family.

“Gap Creek” was selected for the Oprah Book Club this year and quickly became a national bestseller. “Gap Creek” has been praised for its brutal and gritty tale of a newly married couple trying to survive on their own in early 20th century Appalachia, and the trials and tribulations they must endure to live.

Morgan’s other works include “The Truest Pleasure,” “Green River: New and Selected Poems,” the short story collection “The Balm of Gilead Tree,” and a re-release of his classic mountain trilogy “The Hinterlands.” Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill published “Gap Creek” and “The Truest Pleasure.” Simon & Schuster has just released the paperback versions of “Gap Creek” and reprinted paperbacks of “The Blue Valleys’ and “The Mountains Won’t Remember Us.”.

Morgan has received four NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the James G. Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the “Jacaranda Review” Fiction Prize.

His works have appeared in “News Stories from the South and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.”

Parking is available in any university lot after 5 p.m. Lots closest to Plemmons Student Union are near the intersection of College and Howard streets, behind Whitener Hall and through the opened gate. Parking is also available near the university post office. Call the university’s traffic office at (828) 262-2878 for more information about campus parking.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement, Office of Cultural Affairs, University Bookstore, Equity Office, Office of Multicultural Student Development; the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors Gideon Ridge Inn and Red Onion Restaurant; and community sponsors Carol Anne Coe and Gil Verbit.

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