Author Jesmyn Ward to present 2014 Boyle Lecture

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:30am
Jesmyn Ward

MOBILE, Ala. – The Spring Hill College Department of English and the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library will co-host the 2014 Boyle Lecture. Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for her novel “Salvage the Bones,” will present at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Gautrelet Room on the campus of Spring Hill College. The event is free and open to the public.

Ward is the author of “Men We Reaped” (2013), “Salvage the Bones” (2011), and “Where the Line Bleeds” (2008). All three of her books – two novels and a memoir – are set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where Ward grew up and still makes her home. Her unflinching portrayals of young black men and women struggling to thrive in a South ravaged by poverty and natural disaster have been praised for their “graphic clarity” (The Boston Globe) and “hugeness of heart” (O: The Oprah Magazine). Ward's precise and graceful narratives make her a fitting heir to the rich literary tradition of the American South.

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For more information or directions, contact the Department of English at (251) 380-4640.

About the Boyle Lecture
The Boyle Lecture is an annual event named in honor of the late Dr. Charles Boyle ’50, former professor and chair of the Division of Languages and Literature, academic dean, and archivist at Spring Hill College. Sponsored by the English Department, the Boyle Lecture features a notable writer or scholar in the field of literature.

About the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library

The Friends of the Spring Hill College Library is a volunteer group established to support and promote the Marnie and John Burke Memorial Library, Archives and Special Collections. The Friends raise and contribute funds through a variety of projects including the voluntary operation of the Book Nook used bookstore.