Writer’s Festival Hosts Best-Selling Novelist

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - by Sara Groos, Lee University
Robert Morgan
Robert Morgan

The Lee University Department of Language and Literature hosted best-selling novelist Robert Morgan as a guest in the 2018 Writer’s Festival. 

Mr. Morgan presented a reading from his novel “Chasing the North Star,” which won the Southern Book Award for Historical Fiction in 2017. Following the reading, a Q&A session took place with those in attendance, and the evening concluded with a book signing. 

“We are so grateful that Robert Morgan was with us for the festival,” said Dr. William Woolfitt, assistant professor of creative writing at Lee. “His novels, which are richly influenced by the Pentecostal and Baptist churches he attended as a boy, remind us that stories have the power to deepen our faith and our empathy.” 

Mr. Morgan has authored numerous novels, biographies, and collections of poetry. In addition to selling over two million copies, his novel “Gap Creek” was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, a New York Times best-seller, and the Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year.  

His other novels include “Brave Enemies,” “This Rock,” “The Truest Pleasure,” and “Chasing the North Star.” 

“Listening to Robert Morgan discuss the ways his heritage influences his books helped me to appreciate his writing even more,” said Ellie Kassebaum, junior English literature major. “He has a great range as a poet and a novelist.” 

Mr. Morgan has taught at Cornell University since 1971. He earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

For more information, contact Lee’s Language and Literature Department at 614-8210 or languageliterature@leeuniversity.edu.

 



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