Gilmore to hold public reading, workshop

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HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) 2013-14 Appalachian Reading Series will welcome visiting author Susan Gregg Gilmore for a public reading and fiction writing workshop.

The reading is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Cumberland Gap Wedding Chapel (905 North Cumberland Drive). The workshop will take place on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in room 105 of the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine building.

Gilmore will read from her fiction, including her new novel “The Funeral Dress” which hit bookstore shelves in September.

“Susan is an amazing woman and a talented writer,” LMU Writer-in-Residence Darnell Arnoult said. “I’m excited to welcome her back to LMU. She started out of the gate with a wonderful novel, and her latest work proves she gets stronger and stronger with each story she puts on the page.”

Gilmore’s debut novel, “Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen” (Shaye Areheart Books/Crown/2008), was called a “stand-out coming of age novel” by NPR’s Alan Cheuse and was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) 2009 Book Award Nominee.

Her second novel, “The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove” (Shaye Areheart Books/Crown/2010), also reviewed on National Public Radio, was named a 2010 SIBA Summer OKRA Pick and selected as part of Target’s Emerging Author Program.

Before becoming a novelist, Gilmore wrote for newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and the Chattanooga News-Free Press.

Her first novel, “Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen,” is rooted in summer vacations spent with her paternal grandmother and grandfather, a revival-bred preacher, who after church on Sundays, always took his granddaughters to the Dairy Queen.

Gilmore currently lives in Chattanooga with her family and two dogs.

Copies of The Funeral Dress will be available for purchase.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Workshop space is limited and advanced registration is encouraged.

For more information, contact Arnoult at darnell.arnoult@lmunet.edu or call 423-869-7074.

The Appalachian Reading Series and associated workshops are sponsored, in part, by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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