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Award-winning author to visit Union

Bret Lott
Bret Lott

JACKSON, Tenn.March 31, 2014 – Award-winning author Bret Lott will present a workshop and reading at Union University April 24.

Lott, professor of English at The College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., is the author of 14 books, including “Jewel,” which was featured as a selection for Oprah’s Book Club in 1999. He also has recently published an essay collection titled “Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian.”

“We’re excited to have Lott at Union for reasons beyond the millions of books he’s sold,” said David Malone, associate professor of English. “He’s an accomplished, conscientious writer who depicts his characters with clarity and empathy.”

The workshop will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room A-1 in the Penick Academic Complex. The reading will follow at 7:30 p.m. in Harvey Auditorium in the Barefoot Student Union Building. The events are free and open to the public.

Lott will be featured as part of Lyceum, a campus-wide arts committee consisting of students and faculty. Past featured artists include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, ceramic artist Ron Meyers and novelist Betty Smartt Carter.

“Part of the Union English department’s mission is to bring in notable writers to share their vision for their art with our campus and the greater West Tennessee community,” Malone said. “We know anyone who attends the readings by Bret Lott will be impressed by how deeply a writer’s faith can inform his or her work.”

By Allison Bucknell

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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