HPU Graduate Promotes Nonfiction Work 'High Points And Lows' With Book Tour

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 26, 2010 – Austin Carty, a 2009 graduate of High Point University, recently published his first work of nonfiction, “High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring it All Out.” Carty will hold events throughout the Triad to promote his new work. All events are open to the public.

The events that have been scheduled include:

? A book signing at the Greensboro Barnes and Noble, to be held on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.;

? A release party at Samet Drive location of Carter Brothers Barbecue, to be held on Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.;

? A book signing at the High Point Barnes and Noble, to be held on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.; and

? A book signing and reading at High Point University, to be held on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall, Room 120.

Carty’s book, published by Penguin Plume, 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.” He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English literature from HPU in December 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. Carty 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 an inspiring 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 or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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