WILSON, N.C. — October 1, 2018 — Barton College will welcome fiction writer Daniel Wallace as the featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The program will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.
The author of six novels, Wallace’s “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions,” was made into a motion picture by Tim Burton in 2003, and a musical version hit Broadway in 2013. Other novels include “Ray in Reverse,” “The Watermelon King,” “The Kings and Queens of Roam,” and “Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician,” winner of the 2008 Sir Walter Raleigh Award. Author Wiley Cash calls Wallace’s latest book, “Extraordinary Adventures,” “soulful, funny, and wise.”
He has written and illustrated two children’s books, “The Cat’s Pajamas” and “The Hole Story.” Wallace gifted “The Hole Story,” about a Hole’s search for his place in the world, to Book Harvest, a non-profit organization in Durham that gets books to children who need them. His drawings have appeared in books and magazines all over the world.
Contributing editor to “Garden and Gun” magazine, Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and won the Johnston Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.
Joyce T. Boone graduated from Atlantic Christian College with degrees in business administration (1978) and nursing (1988). An enthusiastic advocate for students and alumni of Barton College, Boone believed in the mission of the small, private, liberal arts college. She served on both the Barton College Board of Trustees and the Barton Alumni Council. Boone was president-elect of the Barton College Alumni Council when she passed away in October 2004.
For more information about this event, contact Dr. Rebecca Godwin, director of The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, at 252-399-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.