Hickory, NC – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS), in partnership with the Hickory Public Library and Cafe Rule, will present New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny, Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Before the VWS event, Penny will hold a book signing at the Hickory Public Library from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Penny is author of the Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries, and her works have been translated into more than 25 languages. Penny has won numerous awards for her works including six Agatha Awards, The British Dagger Award, The American Anthony Award, and the Barry Award. In 2009, Penny helped to launch a new award for aspiring Canadian mystery writers, the Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Novel. In 2013, she was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture as an author. She serves as a patron for the Yamaska Literacy Council and currently lives and writes in a small village south of Montreal. Before Penny began writing full time, she worked as a journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The VWS will continue with the following authors: March 21, 2019 Kao Kalia Yang Belk Centrum, 7 p.m. April 4 & 6, 2019 Naomi Shihab Nye – The Little Read author, Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m. Belk Centrum Saturday, April 6, 12 p.m.P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

LR’s VWS is supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The VWS is also supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Sponsors of the 2018-19 VWS include: Barnes & Noble, NC Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, National Endowment for the Arts, Hickory Hop, Crowne Plaza, Cafe Rule, Hickory Public Library, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Robert Abbey Fine Lighting. To learn more about the VWS visit lr.edu/VWS.

Photo: New York Times Best Selling Author, Louise Penny.