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Novelist Randall Kenan to present Belk Distinguished Lecture July 14

Kenan_t.jpgBOONE—Award-winning North Carolina novelist Randall Kenan will talk about supernatural themes in Southern fiction and folk tales Thursday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Calloway Peak Room in Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

His presentation is the 12th in a series of Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lectures sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons and is an event of An Appalachian Summer Festival. Irwin and Carol Belk of Charlotte have provided funding for the series through the library’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship.

Kenan will sign books during a reception following the lecture. Books will be available to purchase.

Parking will be available in the deck on College Street behind First Baptist Church. For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

Kenan grew up in Chinquapin, N.C., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He served on the staff of publisher Alfred A. Knopf Inc. for four years and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University and Vassar College. He is currently an associate professor of English and comparative literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Kenan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was honored with the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005. He was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2007.

Kenan is the author of the novel “A Visitation of Spirits” and “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead,” a book of short stories. He is currently working on a new novel, “There’s a Man Going Round Taking Names,” set in North Carolina and New York City.

Previous speakers in the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lectures series include regional writers Ron Rash and Sharyn McCrumb and children’s author Gloria Houston.

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