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Fall Visiting Writers Series begins Sept. 10 at Appalachian

gregphoto_t.jpgBOONE-An adventurer turned humanitarian, a novelist, and three award-winning poets are featured guests of the fall 2009 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University.

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All events are free of charge and the public is welcome. For further information , call 828-262-2871 or visit

The series begins Thursday, Sept. 10, with Greg Mortenson, coauthor of “Three Cups of Tea.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium.

For more information about the fall season, call 828-262-2871 or visit

Dorothy Allison, author of the award-winning novel “Bastard Out of Carolina,” will give a book reading and talk Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. She also will give a craft talk at 3:30 p.m. in Table Rock Room.

Poet Paul Zimmer will read from his work Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. A pre-reading reception will be held from 6-7:15 p.m. in the student union’s Multicultural Center. Zimmer will give a craft talk at 3:30 p.m. in the student union’s Price Lake Room. Zimmer is the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing in Appalachian’s Department of English during fall semester.

Irish poet Paula Meehan reads from her work Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. She will give a craft talk from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., also in the library.

Poet Frank X. Walker will give a reading Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room.

The Fall 2009 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation; Appalachian’s Offices of Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Development, and Cultural Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, University College, The Center for Appalachian Studies, the Writing Across the Curriculum program, the Sustainable Development Program, the Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, and The Appalachian Journal.

Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin, Mildred Luckhardt and The High Country Writers.

Technical assistance for the visit of poet Frank X. Walker is funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University.

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m.; however, visitors to Appalachian should be aware that numerous construction projects on campus as well as activities associated with the academic year have limited visitor parking. The parking deck on Rivers Street provides convenient access to Farthing Auditorium.  The parking deck on College Street adjacent to Belk Library and Information Commons provides convenient access to Plemmons Student Union.

For information about parking, call the university’s parking and safety department at 828-262-2878.