HPU Undergraduate Student's First Work Of Nonfiction To Be Published By Penguin Group

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 23, 2009 – Austin Carty, a senior majoring in English literature at High Point University, is well on his way to becoming a professional writer and speaker – in fact, his first work of nonfiction is due for publication by Penguin Plume in January 2010.

Carty’s book, “High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring it All Out,” details his own journey toward adulthood and true faith by drawing on lessons from pop culture and Christianity.

“I really wanted to write a book that addressed life and faith in, what I perceived to be, a culturally relevant manner,” Carty says. “Instead of presenting Christian faith as systematic and formulaic, this book highlights the relational aspect of faith. More than anything, this book is an examination of my own struggles in life and faith, and how I’ve found that being real with ourselves is the only way to forge a genuine connection with friends, family and God.”

The book includes funny and moving essays that address faith, goals and vocation, as well as an uplifting message for religious and secular audiences alike. The book’s compilation of essays explores everything from evangelicals who treat salvation as a cottage industry to the real danger of cheating in school, and demonstrates how our finding the courage to be ourselves is the best way to forge a genuine connection with friends, family and God.

“If St. Augustine watched cable television and drove a Dodge pickup, one wonders whether ‘The Confessions’ wouldn’t read like this,” says Koren Zailckas, New York Times Bestselling author.

Carty, a High Point native, left school at age 21 to self-publish his first novel; in 2006, he appeared on the CBS show “Survivor.” Now, he’s on track to graduate Summa Cum Laude from HPU in the fall of 2009. 

In addition to several new projects, including work on another compilation of essays that will be the follow-up to “High Points and Lows,” as well as a novel, Carty has become a highly sought after inspirational speaker and travels the country addressing audiences, both young and old, Christian and secular. 

Upon graduation, he hopes to continue making a living as a writer and speaker.

You can learn more about Carty and his work at http://www.austincarty.com/.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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