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“Mudbound” author Hillary Jordan to speak at Appalachian’s Convocation Sept. 16

mudboundbook_t.jpgBOONE—Hillary Jordan, author of the book “Mudbound,” will speak at Appalachian State University’s convocation Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. “Mudbound” was the 2010 selection for the university’s Summer Reading Program.

A panel discussion about the book will begin at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.

In addition to her convocation address, Jordan will participate in a panel discussion at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. At 7:30 p.m., she will speak in Blue Ridge Ballroom as part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

Jordan also will present a reading and book signing Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Watauga County Public Library.

Author Barbara Kingsolver says “Mudbound” is “storytelling at the height of its powers: the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made as real as rain, as true as this minute. Hillary Jordan writes with the force of a Delta storm. Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing. They are with me still.”

“Mudbound,” published by Algonquin Books in March 2008, is her first novel. It won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded biennially to an unpublished debut novel that addresses issues of social justice.  It won a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association and was longlisted for the 2009 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Jordan received her B.A. in English and political science from Wellesley College. She spent 15 years working as an advertising copywriter before starting to write fiction. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

More information about Jordan’s book and related study materials is online at http://www.summerreading.appstate.edu/ .

Parking for the Visiting Writers Series program will be available in the College Street parking deck and in any open parking spaces near academic buildings that typically are available after 5 p.m.

For information about parking, call the University Parking and Traffic Department at 828-262-2878.

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