Author Wiley Cash to close College's Appalachian Lecture Series Oct. 15

Author Wiley Cash to close College's Appalachian Lecture Series Oct. 15

Oct. 1, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Wiley Cash, the author of the New York Times best-selling novel A Land More Kind Than Home, will close Maryville College’s Appalachian Lecture Series on Tues., Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. A book signing will follow the presentation, and copies of Cash’s novel will be available for purchase from Southland Books.

The event is free and open to the public.

Cash holds a bachelor of arts degree in literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, a master of arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly, and his essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review and other publications.

His forthcoming novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, will be released on Jan. 28, 2014.

A North Carolina native, Cash lives with his wife in West Virginia. He teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

The event is the second and final event in this year’s Appalachian Lecture Series. Author Ron Rash spoke at the College on Sept. 12.

“Like Ron Rash, Wiley Cash shares a deep love of his native state, North Carolina,” said Dr. Susan Schneibel, professor of comparative literature at Maryville College. “Cash began his first novel, A Land More Kind than Home, while working on his Ph.D. at the University of Louisiana, where, according to Cash, he ‘spent five long years sweating, celebrating Mardi Gras, and missing the mountains of North Carolina.’ In a fiction writing workshop with Ernest J. Gaines, Cash realized that ‘by writing about home he could recreate that place no matter where he lived.’”

Originally titled “Right Where We Live,” the vision behind the Appalachian Lecture Series was “to celebrate the culture of the Appalachian region by featuring those researchers and writers who captured the unique history and story of the people and the land,” Schneibel said.

“For over two decades, the series has invited artists, scholars, musicians, writers and historians to the College each fall to give presentations on the heritage, as well as the future of the region.”

For more information on this fall’s series, contact Schneibel at 865.981.8251 or

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.