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Novelist Tommy Hays to visit Wofford on March 2

Friday, February 24, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – North Carolina novelist Tommy Hays will be the guest speaking for Wofford College’s Writers Series on Thursday, March 2.

Hays will appear at 4 p.m. in Shipp Hall Lounge for a Meet the Author Q&A session and at 7:30 p.m. he will provide a reading in the Olin Teaching Theater in the Franklin W. Olin Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

Hays’ latest novel, “The Pleasure Was Mine,” was published by St. Martin’s Press. He has written two other novels – “Sam’s Crossing” and “In the Family Way,” which was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. He is executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He is director of creative writing for the Academy at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and is a contributor to “Our State.”

Hays received his BA in English from Furman University and his MFA in creative writing from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Asheville, N.C., with his wife and two children.

The Writers Series has been an important resource for the Wofford literary community since 1984. It has brought to campus four to five writers each year, ranging from the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney to promising and important regional writers, such as George Singleton, all of whom read from their works and meet informally with students, faculty and guests. The writers provide an insider’s understanding of the literary process and inspiration for all who put words on a page.