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Visiting Writers Series Begins Sept. 6

BOONE–Novelist Ernest Gaines ushers in Appalachian State University’s Visiting Writers Series for fall semester with a Thursday, Sept. 6, reading. The series brings noted poets, novelists, publishers and others to campus each semester to read from their works and discuss their craft.

Admission to all events is free.

Gaines, author of “A Lesson Before Dying,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. As the author of this year’s freshman summer reading program selection, Gaines also will speak at fall convocation Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Center. The public is welcome to attend.

Parkway Publishing will sponsor “A Panel of Prose Authors” with columnist Chris Cox, historical novelist Ruth Layng, fantasy/science fiction author Scott Nicholson, and natural history writer Miles Tager. Rao Aluri, editor and publisher of Parkway Publishing, will moderate. Cox and Nicholson are graduates of Appalachian.

The program is Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Linville Falls Room.

Screenwriter Stephen Fischer presents “Screenwriting: A Professional Approach: From Emotion to Motion–How Movies Move” on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Linville Falls Room in Plemmons Student Union. The two-and-a-half hour program begins at 7:30 p.m. Fischer will be a writer-in-residence during fall semester at Appalachian.

A “Dialogue Workshop” with Fischer will be held Friday, Oct. 12, in Sanford Hall Room 302 from 10 a.m.-noon

Poets Nikky Finney and Frank X. Walker are featured Thursday, Nov. 1, in Plemmons Student Union’s Linville Falls Room. Finney has been a featured in past visiting writing series programs. She is author of “Rice,” “On Wings Made of Gauze” and “Heartwood.” Finney and Walker are founding members of the Affrilachian Poets of the University of Kentucky. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Poet, fiction writer and editor Richard Peabody reads from his works Thursday, Nov. 8. Peabody is the author of “Sugar Mountain,” “Mood Vertigo” and “Paraffin Days.” His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union Linville Falls Room.

Poet and editor R.T. Smith reads from his works Thursday, Nov. 15. Smith is the author of

“Messenger,” “The Cardinal Heart” and “Trespasser.” The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room in Plemmons Student Union. Smith, an Appalachian graduate, founded “Cold Mountain Review,” a biannual issue of poetry, short fiction, photography and art work published by the university’s Department of English. He edits the journal “Shenandoah” at Washington and Lee University.

New this year, Appalachian hosts a special series called “Ask the Editor.” All talks begin at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union. Richard Peabody speaks Nov. 8 on “Editing the Alternative Press.” Author Silas House and fiction editor Kathy Pories discuss “The Author-Editor Partnership” Tuesday, Nov. 13. House wrote “Clay’s Quilt.” Pories is an editor with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. On Thursday, Nov. 15, R.T. Smith discusses “Editing the Literary Journal.”

The Visiting Writers Series is made possible with funding and support from 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, University Bookstore, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Summer Reading Program, Office of Cultural Affairs, Office of Career Development, The Appalachian Journal, and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant; and community sponsors The High Country Writers and Dr. Bruce Jackson.

Call Susan Weinberg at (828) 262-2871, Lynn Doyle at 262-2979, or Joseph Bathanti at 262-3098 for more information about readings, sponsorship, scholarship competitions, or attendance at additional sessions with the visiting writers.

Parking lots closest to the Plemmons Student Union are near the intersection of College and Howard Streets, behind Whitener Hall, and through the opened gate. Also suggested is the lot across from the Presbyterian Church, behind the University Post Office. For daytime guest parking for events before 5 p.m., call the traffic office at (828) 262-2878.