Readings, Lectures and Events / Upcoming

Every summer the School of Letters invites writers, poets, publishers and scholars to speak each week that school is in session. All readings and lectures take place at Gailor Auditorium unless otherwise noted, and a reception usually follows upstairs in the atrium. The public is welcome. Events held outside of Sewanee are also listed here.


September 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Fiction Reading with Amy Greene

Amy Greene is the young author of, so far, two novels, both of them widely acclaimed. Bloodroot was “a striking debut by a gifted writer,” said Ron Rash, and “a tapestry so rich and intricate that each and every storyline holds the reader spellbound,” according to Jill McCorkle. Long Man was “an instant classic” for the New York Journal of Books and one of the top books of 2014 for The Washington Post and The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Reviewers all over the country praised both novels for their lyric prose and their flawless rendering of place, finding in them an alloy of realism and the mythic that recalled such classics as The Color Purple and Wuthering Heights. No wonder Greene has been honored with both the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction and the Weatherford Award for Fiction, and by fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. Like her novels, Amy Greene is deeply rooted in the foothills of East Tennessee, where she was born and still lives with her family.

Praise for Amy Greene: "A born storyteller who depicts the voices and folkways of Appalachia with both eloquence and verisimilitude." – Ron Rash

This reading is sponsored by the Sewanee School of Letters, and has been made possible by the University of the South Lectures Committee, the Mellon Collaborative for Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony.

Wednesday, September 30, at 4:30 pm, Gailor Auditorium. Reception and book signing following, Gailor Atrium.