WILSON, N.C. — Barton College welcomes Angela Davis-Gardner as the guest lecturer for the Victor R. Small Writers Series scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12. The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center and is open to the public at no charge. The community is invited to attend.

Angela Davis-Gardner’s latest novel, “Plum Wine” (2006), explores cultural divides, the collision between love and war, the legacy of Hiroshima, and America’s role in destroying innocent lives at the end of World War II and during the Vietnam War. Named a 2007 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book in Fiction, “Plum Wine” was a finalist for the 2007 Novel of the Year, Southern Independent Booksellers Association.

Davis-Gardner’s first two novels, “Felice” (1982) and “Forms of Shelter” (1991), the latter awarded the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, will be reissued in Fall 2007.

Her fourth novel, “Butterfly’s Child,” is forthcoming in 2008.

Davis-Gardner spent a year in Japan as Visiting Professor at Tokyo’s Tsuda College, where she taught English and American Literature, and received a 2007 Japan Foundation Fellowship in Japanese Studies. She is currently an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Barton College. For additional information about the program, please contact Dr. Rebecca Godwin, director of The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, at 252-3299-6364 or rlgodwin@barton.edu.

Questions? Contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.