September 2012

Author Panel with Barbara Kingsolver on October 2

Posted by on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6:59pm
photo of Barbara Kingsolver

Date: October 2

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Broyhill Event Center, Helen Powers Ballroom

A conversation with noted author Barbara Kingsolver, founder of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, and authors Hillary Jordan and Naomi Benaron, winners of the prize for their books Mudbound and Running the Rift, will be held Tuesday, October 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Helen Powers Ballroom of the Broyhill Events Center.

An informal reception will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase and signing. This is a free event.

photos of Hillary Jordan, Naomi Benaron, and Kathy Pories

Pictured: Barbara Kingsolver (above), Hillary Jordan, Naomi Benaron, and Kathy Pories, editor.

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Award Winning Authors Chris Crutcher and Lauren Myracle-Oct. 2

Posted by on Friday, September 14, 2012 - 3:50pm


Celebrate Banned Books Week @ Belk Library and Information Commons

With award winning authors Chris Crutcher and Lauren Myracle

Tuesday, Oct. 2 @ 7:00 pm
On-campus attendees:  Belk Library Rm. 421
Virtual attendees:  AETZone’s Belk Library Forum

Chris Crutcher, winner of numerous writing awards, including the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Coalition Against Censorship and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle will be speaking to us virtually in the AETZone. 

Chris Crutcher, one of the most frequently banned authors in North America - a fact he considers an accomplishment, rather than a drawback - is the author of fourteen books -- eleven novels, including his latest PERIOD 8, two short story collections and an autobiography.  Prior to his work as an author, he taught school in Washington and California and was acting director of an Oakland alternative school for nearly a decade. That academic history, coupled with 25 years as a child and family therapist specializing in abuse and neglect and 30 years as a Spokane Child Protection Team leader, has infused his literary work with realism and emotional heft. His signature blend of tragedy and comedy has made him a favorite with teen and adult readers. 

Lauren Myracle, one of the most challenged authors in 2009 and 2011, is the author of many young-adult novels including ttyl, ttfn and Shine all New York Times bestsellers. Myracle was born in Brevard, NC and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She earned a BA in English and Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  Later she earned an MA in English from Colorado State University, where she taught for two years, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College.  A portion of the proceeds of the book sales from her latest novel Shine benefits the Matthew Shepard Foundation. 

Chris Crutcher’s books in the Belk Library

Lauren Mryacle’s books in the Belk Library

Planned Outage: Many Library Resources Unavailable Sept. 18

Posted by on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 2:26pm

On September 18, the library will be making an important upgrade to its Integrated Library System software. This will unfortunately cause a service outage while work is being done.

From approximately 11am to 6pm on Tuesday, Sept. 18, the following services will not be available:

  • Access to the library catalog (used to look up books, media, and electronic reserves in the library's collection)
  • Off-campus access to the library article databases and E-research tools

On-campus access to article databases will be available through a temporary portal -- we will link to this webpage prominently on the library's website.

Library staff will be on hand to help patrons locate materials during the service outage. Please do not hesitate to ask a librarian if you need assistance.

We regret the inconvenience this will cause.

The new software will provide greater functionality with the power of a more modern software architecture. It will give us greater flexibility to create new services and better meet the changing needs of our users.

Celebrating Romulus Linney, Sept. 20-21

Posted by on Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 12:16pm

The life and accomplishments of playwright Romulus Linney will be celebrated during the event “Romulus Linney: Back Home in the Mountains” Sept. 20-21 at Appalachian State University.

The event includes a craft talk on writing for the stage, a panel discussion on being an actor in professional theatre, master classes for theatre majors which will be open to the public, and the dedication and opening of the Romulus Linney Papers and Exhibit in Belk Library and Information Commons.

Actors, a playwright, a poet and Linney’s  relatives will lead the programs. All events are free unless otherwise noted. In some cases, registration will be required.

Back Home in the Mountains Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 20
2-3:15 p.m., “The Craft of Writing,” panel discussion with poet and professor Louis Asekoff and writer Leslie Maslow, moderated by Dr. Susan S. Cole. Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114.

Friday, Sept. 21
8:30 a.m., Coffee and registration for the day’s events begins.
9-9:20 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
9:20-10:45 a.m., “Being a Working Actor in Professional Theatre,” a panel discussion with playwright and actress T. Cat Ford and actors Paul L. Coffey, Scott Sowers, Adrienne Thompson and David Van Pelt, moderated by Keith T. Martin, Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theater in the Department of Theatre, Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.

11-11:50 a.m., concurrent sessions: “Signature Theatre and the Non-Profit Regional Theatre Movement in America” with James Houghton, Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114; Beginning Level Master Acting Class with Paul L. Coffey for Watauga High School students, I.G. Greer Studio Theatre; “Writing Place,” a craft lecture with Leslie Maslow and Dr. Derek Davidson from Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Room 421 Belk Library and Information Commons.  

Noon-12:50 p.m., concurrent sessions: “The Surprise Social Entrepreneur,” a craft lecture with Laura Callanan, wife of the late Romulus Linney, Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114; Intermediate Level Master Acting Class with T. Cat Ford and Scott Sowers, I.G. Greer Studio Theatre; Advanced Level Acting Master Class with David Van Pelt and Adrienne Thompson, I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. The public is invited to view the master class.

2:30-3:30 p.m., Master class for select theatre majors with Laura Linney, Valborg Theatre. Limited seating is available for the public and tickets, which are free, are required. Visit and click on register.

4-5 p.m., Dedication and opening of the Romulus Linney Papers and Exhibit with speakers Frank Coffey, who was a cousin of Romulus Linney, and Dr. Susan S. Cole. Paul L. Coffey will read from Linney’s unfinished novel and Dean of Libraries Dr. Mary Reichel will speak, Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114. Refreshments will be served in the library’s room 421.

7:30-9 p.m., “Romulus Linney … Back Home in the Mountains: A celebration of Romulus Linney,” with Louis Asekoff, Paul L. Coffey, T. Cat Ford, James Houghton, Scott Sowers, Adrienne Thompson and David Van Pelt. Valborg Theatre. Admission is $25. Tickets are available from the Valborg Box Office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by calling 800-841-2787 or 828-262-3063.

9 p.m., Champagne and dessert reception, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, $25. Tickets are available from the Valborg Theatre Box Office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 800-841-2787 or 262-3063.

About Romulus Linney

Linney, author of more than 30 plays and three novels, died in January 2011 at the age of 80.

His inspiration for his early works was drawn from his ties to northwestern North Carolina. Although he was born in Philadelphia, Linney lived in the South until age 13, including Boone and Tennessee, where his father was a doctor. He spent time in Boone with his cousins Frank Coffey and the late Armfield Coffey, both of whom he considered brothers. Armfield Coffey was publisher, along with his wife Rachel Rivers-Coffey, of the Watauga Democrat newspaper.

Linney also maintained ties to Appalachian State University and its Department of Theatre and Dance. In 1998, the department produced his play “Heathen Valley,” about a 19th-century Episcopal bishop who brought the word of God to a remote region of North Carolina. The play was adapted from Linney’s novel of the same name.

Linney traveled to Boone to talk with the student actors about the play. In 1995, Linney received an honorary doctorate from the university and was the speaker at the undergraduate commencement that year. He was the Belk Distinguished Lecturer in the summer of 2005.
He was commissioned to write the play “Hisself,” loosely based on Appalachian’s cofounder B.B. Dougherty, which was premiered on campus during the university centennial celebration in 1999.

Linney’s other plays with Appalachian themes are “Holy Ghosts,” “Tennessee,” “Sand Mountain” and “Gint.” He also wrote “Old Man Joseph and His Family” (1978), “The Captivity of Pixie Shedman” (1981), “The Sorrows of Frederick” (1991), “Ambrosio” (1992) and “A Lesson Before Dying” (2000) based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines.

About the Romulus Linney Papers

The Romulus Linney collection includes his correspondence, manuscripts, working copies of his works with notes, and a collection of his published writings and research materials. The donation also includes photographs of his productions and of family members, recordings of his lectures, production posters, theatre programs from his produced plays, reviews, and awards and honors.