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Bob Inman, journalist turned playwright, poet and novelist, to speak at Appalachian

BOONE—Robert “Bob” Inman, a favorite Southern author, will read from his fifth and latest novel, “The Governor’s Lady,” Thursday, June 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Appalachian State University. The event will be held in Belk Library and information Commons Room 421 as part of the Summer Author Series sponsored by Appalachian State University Libraries and the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library Board.

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The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a book signing will follow Inman’s presentation. Free parking will be available in the College Street Parking Deck adjacent to the library.

For more information, contact Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

“The Governor’s Lady” is receiving high praise from fellow writers of Southern literature, including Lee Smith who notes, “Robert Inman hits the ground running and keeps up the pace in this suspenseful page-turner, which takes us behind the headlines as a Southern governor’s wife assumes the office herself so he can run for president. The real question is how does Robert Inman know so much about state politics, public marriages, and human nature?”

The answer to that lies in Inman’s background. He has been writing since he was a teen and has been involved in politics or reporting about government for nearly his entire adult life. Many know Inman as a television news anchor, who took Charlotte viewers into the world of local, state and national political affairs for more than 20 years, at the helm of WBTV news. Many may not know he also served as press secretary for a governor of Alabama. He says his wife jokes that they “fled to North Carolina as political refugees.”

“The Governor’s Lady” is loosely based upon former Alabama Gov. Lurleen Wallace, who succeeded her husband, George, in office. But Inman says that is where the similarities end. “It is a modern day political tale that could be set in any Southern state. This has been percolating in me for a long time,” he said. “It was a natural progression to tell this story.”

Storytelling is what Inman is all about – whether writing as a journalist, playwright, blogger or novelist. “The language of the way you present it is different,” he said, “but I am still trying to get into the head, heart and soul of the characters I’ve created. It comes naturally to me. I grew up in a large, rowdy, storytelling family in Alabama.”

Inman credits his mother with instilling in him a love of books, by reading to him from an early age. He also is the author of the novels “Dairy Queen Days,” “Captain Saturday,” “Home Fires Burning” and “Old Dogs and Children.” He has written screenplays for CBS, Hallmark Hall of Fame and ABC, and stage plays for the Blowing Rock Stage Company and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Inman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from The University of Alabama.