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Fall Convocation Sept. 15 at Appalachian features writer Christopher McDougall

BOONE—The 2011 Fall Convocation at Appalachian State University will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus.  The speaker for this year’s Convocation will be Christopher McDougall, author of the 2011 Summer Reading Program selection “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.”

In addition to speaking at Convocation, McDougall will participate in a panel discussion beginning at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. He also will open the university’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series with a reading and book signing beginning at 7:30 p.m., also in the Blue Ridge Ballroom. All events are open to the public.

In addition, McDougall will present a reading and sign his book Friday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Watauga County Library as part of the library’s Watauga Reads program.

McDougall’s bestseller follows the achievements of super athletics, such as Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians, considered among the world’s greatest distance runners.

“Born to Run” was provided to all incoming freshmen at Appalachian.

A graduate of Harvard University, McDougall was a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Outside magazine, Men’s Journal Esquire and New York. He is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist. He also is an avid runner.

For more information about McDougall and the Summer Reading Program, visit For information about the visiting writers series, visit