University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jul 21 2003

Concord to Host Award Winning Novelist, 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 10

Athens, W. Va. – Award-winning novelist Mary Lee Settle, a Charleston, W.Va., native, will be appearing at Concord College, 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 10, 2003, in the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

Settle was born in Charleston in 1918. She has lived in many locations in the United States and Europe, and she has been a model, an actress, assistant editor of Harper’s Bazaar, lecturer, playwright, and professor in addition to her prolific work as a novelist. During World War II she joined the Women’s Auxiliary of the Royal Air Force working in rural England and later worked for the Office of War Information in London.

She is perhaps best known in West Virginia for her five novels known collectively as “The Beulah Quintet.” These historical novels trace several families from Cromwell’s England to the Kanawha Valley. O Beulah Land (1956), Know Nothing (1960), Prisons (1973), The Scapegoat (1980), and The Killing Ground (1982) comprise the Quintet. In 1998 her book, Addie: A Memoir, about her West Virginia grandmother, was published. Her latest novel, I, Roger Williams was published in 2001. Her awards include Guggenheim Fellowships in 1958 and 1960, and the 1984 Academy Award in Literature (American Academy of Arts and Literature). She is West Virginia’s only winner of the prestigious National Book Award, which she won for Blood Ties I (1978).

“Ms. Settle is a fine West Virginia writer, and it is a privilege for Concord to participate in her series of public readings throughout the state. We appreciate the West Virginia Humanities Council for giving our students and the community the opportunity to hear and meet this accomplished writer," stated Concord Professor of English John Baker.

Ms. Settle’s books will be on sale and she will be available for books signings. A reception will follow her performance.

This program is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council and made possible, in part, through the generous financial support of former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton.

Settle’s performance is free to the general public.

A grant-writing seminar will be conducted earlier the same day. Details will be released separately.

Contact Dr. John Baker, professor of English, 1-304-384-5207 or bakerj@concord.edu for more information.

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Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.