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Robert Morgan concludes Sunday with Friends speaker series at Washington County Public Library

May 8th, 2014 3:23 pm by Leslie Grace

Robert Morgan concludes Sunday with Friends speaker series at Washington County Public Library

Robert Morgan

The 2014 "Sunday with Friends" literary series in Abingdon concludes Sunday, May 18, with a presentation by author Robert Morgan.

The event is at 3 p.m. in the newly renovated conference room of the Washington County Public Library. The annual series is sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Public Library and is free to the public.

This distinguished biographer, poet and novelist discusses his new historical novel "The Road from Gap Creek," a sequel to "Gap Creek," a look at rural life in the North Carolina mountains at the beginning of the 20th century. "Gap Creek" attracted thousands of readers to Appalachian fiction by being chosen as an Oprah Winfrey Club Selection. "Gap Creek" was also selected for the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for 2000, chosen as a Notable Book by the New York Times and a New York Times bestseller. It was chosen by the Appalachian Writers Association as Book of the Year for 2000.

Morgan is the author of "Boone: A Biography" and "Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion." He is the Kappa Alpha professor of English at Cornell University. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship. He received the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the North Carolina Literature Award.

Refreshments follow the performances. All "Sunday with Friends" events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the library, visit or call 276-676-6222. The Washington County Public Library is located at 205 Oak Hill St., Abingdon, Va. Its four branches are located in Damascus, Glade Spring, Hayters Gap and Mendota.

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