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Kentucky author Silas House to speak April 19


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Silas House, of Berea, Kentucky, will speak at the University of Tennessee at Martin beginning at 7:30 p.m., April 19, in the Paul Meek Library. House will read from his current novels as part of the university’s Paul Meek Literary Legacy Speaker Series.

House is the national bestselling author of six novels, including “Eli the Good,” published in 2009; “Same Sun Here,” co-written with Neela Vaswani and published in 2012; and “Southernmost,” to be published in June 2018. House has also published a book of creative nonfiction and three plays. His writing frequently appears in The New York Times, and he has been published in Oxford American, Newsday and Sojourners. He is also a former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

House has been awarded three honorary doctorates and other honors, including the E.B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year Award and the Hobson Medal for Literature. He was also recently inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

He holds an associate degree from Sue Bennett College, a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Spalding University. House is currently a faculty member for the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program at Spalding University and is the National Endowment for Humanities chair of Appalachian studies at Berea College.

The event is co-sponsored by Dr. Anne Meek, UT Martin Honors Programs and the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages. Meek is the daughter of the late Paul Meek, who led the Martin campus as chancellor from 1934-67.

Samples of House’s essays can be found at

For more information on the Paul Meek Literary Legacy Speaker Series, contact Dr. John Burch, Paul Meek Library director, at 731-881-7065.


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