Best-selling author Kaye Gibbons at Maryville College

The 20th-annual Appalachian Lecture Series hosted by Maryville College concludes Nov. 13 with a presentation by award-winning and best-selling author Kaye Gibbons.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Gibbons will take the stage in Alumni Gym at 7 p.m. and will be on hand after the lecture to sell and sign copies of her books.

A graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gibbons wrote her first novel “Ellen Foster” which drew from some of her childhood experiences.

Praised by such Southern literary giants as Eudora Welty and Walker Percy, “Ellen Foster” won a first fiction award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. In 2006, she released the sequel to “Ellen Foster,” entitled “The Life All Around Me,” and is currently working on journalistic pieces, a biography, as well as reading and lecturing to sold-out audiences from New York City to Seattle.

“We’re very excited about getting a writer of Kaye Gibbons’ stature to visit Maryville College,” said Kim Trevathan, instructor of writing and communication and co-organizer of the Appalachian Lecture Series. “Reading her fiction, you can’t help but inhabit the world of her characters, to care deeply about what happens to them. She’s a master of creating individual voices through her narrators, which makes me very interested in hearing her read aloud from her work.”

The continuation of the Appalachian Lecture Series is made possible by support from Nancy Cain, Barbara Everett, Jack Barlow and Diane Humphreys-Barlow.

For more information on the Appalachian Lecture Series, contact Dr. Susan Schneibel at 865-981-8251 or susan.schneibel@maryvillecollege.edu.

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