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Author Jill McCorkle to speak at Appalachian Aug. 15

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BOONE—Award-winning North Carolina novelist Jill McCorkle will speak at Appalachian State University Thursday, Aug, 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 421 of Belk Library and Information Commons.

An informal reception and book signing will be held following her presentation, which is the last in the library’s 2013 Summer Author Series.

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

A Lumberton native, McCorkle has published five novels and three collections of short stories. She has the distinction of having her first two novels published on the same day in 1984. The New York Times Book Review said, “One suspects the author of ‘The Cheer Leader’ is a born novelist; with ‘July 7th,’ she is also a full grown one.”

Her other books include “Going Away Shoes,” “Carolina Moon” and “Crash Diets.”

Her latest novel, “Life after Life,” was published in March to enthusiastic reviews.

McCorkle is a recipient of the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

McCorkle has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts and Brandeis universities. She currently teaches creative writing in the master of fine arts program at N.C. State University.