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Journalist and author Jeannette Walls opens Appalachian’s Visiting Writers Series Sept. 4

Walls_t.jpgBOONE—A memoirist, two playwrights, a short story author, fiction writer and poet comprise the lineup for the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series this fall at Appalachian State University.

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All programs will be held in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Admission is free.

The series begins Thursday, Sept. 4, with a 7:30 p.m. reading by Jeannette Walls, author of the memoir “The Glass Castle.” Walls also will give a reading Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Watauga County Library as part of the Watauga Reads program.

Playwrights Catherine Bush and John Hardy from Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va., will make presentations Thursday, Sept. 25. They will present the craft talk “Playwriting: The Structure of Action” at 11 a.m. and read from their work at 7:30 p.m.

Fiction writer Nancy Huddleston Packer reads from her work Thursday, Oct. 9. A drop-in reception for Packer will be held from 6-7:15 p.m. in the student union’s multicultural room. Packer is the Rachel Rivers-Foccey Distinguised Professor of Creative Writing for 2008.

Short story writer Matthew Vollmer reads from his work Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. He will present the craft talk “The Story Machine” at 3:30 p.m.

Poet Shirlette Ammons reads from her work Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. She will present the craft talk “Poetry and Music” at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series or Appalachian’s Creative Writing Program, call (828) 262-2871 or visit

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, a trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University.

The fall 2008 season of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation and Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Summer Reading Program, University Bookstore, and The Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Mildred Luckhardt, Thomas McLaughlin and The High Country Writers.

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