Hickory  – In partnership with the Hickory Public Library, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will present New York Times bestselling author, Amor Towles, on Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Prior to the event, Towles will be available for a book signing at the Hickory Public Library from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Towles most recent book, A Gentleman in Moscow, was chosen by NPR, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, as a best book of the year for 2016. Ron Charles of The Washington Post called the novel, “an endearing reminder of the graciousness of real class.” Towles attended Yale College and was a Scowcroft Fellow at Stanford University, where he received his master’s degree. He is a Boston native currently living in Manhattan with his family.

LRU Amor_TowlesThe season will continue with the following authors:

October 12, 2017
Iggy McGovern
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

October 26, 2017
Erik Larson
P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 7 – 8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Hickory Public Library

November 10, 2017
Michel Stone
Rudisill Library – Colloquium Room, 10 a.m.

November 16, 2017
Angela Davis-Gardner, Patrice Gopo, and Allison Hutchcraft
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

January 18, 2018
Jennifer Horne
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

March 21, 2018
Marie Heaney & Catherine Heaney
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

March 22, 2018
Zadie Smith and Nick Laird
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

April 14, 2018
Robert Beatty
P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 12 – 1 p.m.

April 19, 2018
Terry Gifford
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

The Visiting Writers Series has provided outstanding literary arts programming that is free and open to the public for the past 29 years. Each year the VWS invites authors to tell the stories behind their own works in a relaxed environment before an audience filled with campus and community members. The Writers Series’ mission is to build a community of readers, because it believes a community that reads is a more creative, open, and tolerant community. The VWS believes the beauty and power of words help people make sense of the world. Children’s writers, mystery writers, essayists, poets, and novelists all participate in this celebration of the written and spoken word.

Sponsors of the 2017-18 VWS include: Footcandle Film Society, Hickory Public Library, N.C. Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Our State, Crowne Plaza Hickory, United Arts Council of Catawba County, and WFAE 90.7.

Amor Towles speaks 9/28