GWU Welcomes Wiley Cash

New York Times Best-Selling Author Shares From His Latest Novel

GWU Welcomes Wiley Cash

New York Times best-selling author, Wiley Cash, will be at Gardner-Webb University on Feb. 18 as part of the Darlene J. Gravett Visiting Writer Series. A Gastonia native, Cash will offer a public reading and book signing at 7 p.m. in Stewart Hall, located inside the Tucker Student Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Cash’s most recent work, “The Last Ballad,” has been assigned reading to GWU students in several English courses this semester. It is the story of a young mother and millworker, Ella May Wiggins, whose name is connected to the 1929 strike of mill workers in Gastonia.

“For many years, the Department of English has brought in a visiting writer—including North Carolina writers Fred Chappell, Robert Morgan, Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, and Ron Rash—and assigned a novel by that writer to students in English courses, from first-year composition to upper-level courses,” noted Dr. Chris Davis, professor of English. “The writer’s visit has always been a high point for the students, which allowed them to read a novel and then interact with the author in person.”

Davis added that the generous gift from Gravett provides secure funding to continue the visiting writer series in the future. Gravett, who lives in Boiling Springs, was a professor of English at GWU from 1989-2004 and then served as associate provost for schools until 2007. After her retirement, she was honored with the title of associate provost emerita.

For more information about the event, call Davis at 704-406-3224.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-2155 or email disabilityservices@gardner-webb.edu with your request.