HARROGATE - Lincoln Memorial University's Appalachian Reading Series will present bestselling author Pam Duncan at 6 p.m. Monday in the Elizabeth Chinnock Chapel on the LMU campus.
Duncan will present a public reading from her latest novel, The Big Beautiful, which has been called "one big, beautiful life-affirming novel" by writer Lee Smith. The novel has also received rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and many other publications.
This will be a return visit to LMU for Duncan who previously served as the fiction leader at LMU's Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.
Duncan is a native of Western North Carolina and is the author of the beloved books Moon Women and Plant Life, both Southern bestsellers. Moon Women was recently optioned to be a major motion picture starring Eva Marie Saint. The Big Beautiful is the sequel to Moon Women and tells the hilarious and touching story of Cassandra Moon, a runaway bride who flees to the coast to find out who she really wants to be.
Duncan is the winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize, North Carolina's highest literary honor, a finalist for the Southeastern Booksellers Book of the Year Award, and was recently selected as the first female author to be given the prestigious James Still Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. The coveted prize has previously been given to Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain), Ron Rash (One Foot In Eden), and, coincidentally, to three authors with ties to LMU: alumni James Still and George Scarbrough, and LMU writer-in-residence Silas House.
House is the director of the Appalachian Reading Series and declares that those who turn out for the reading won't be disappointed.
"Pam Duncan gives the best readings of anyone I know," said House. "She's funny, down-home, and incredibly smart."
The Appalachian Reading Series is in its second year. The goal of the series is to provide the area with the most in-demand and popular Appalachian writers of the time while also bringing in writers who are writing about the region and shedding new light on the distinct culture and dignity of Appalachia. For more information, contact the office of University Advancement at 423-869-6432.
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