HPU to Host Acclaimed Authors as Part of Spring Reading Series

Author Bruce Machart
Author Bruce Machart, HPU

Bruce Machart

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013 – High Point University will host Bruce Machart and Matthew Batt in its Spring Reading Series. Machart and Batt, both acclaimed authors, will read from their work and answer questions about writing during their visit. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public.

Machart, a fiction author, often sets his stories in Texas. His lush stylized prose follows men in crisis struggling to make sense of what it might mean to be grown. His debut novel, “The Wake of Forgiveness,” is a dark family saga hinging on midnight horse races, set at the turn of the last century. It was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Authors selection that the New York Times called “mesmerizing and mythic.”

Matthew Batt HPU writing series

Matthew Batt

Batt, who writes fiction, nonfiction and more, is notably known for “Sugarhouse,” a Publishers Weekly Pick that tells the rollicking tale of a young couple striving to make their marriage “real” by buying and renovating “the neighborhood crackhouse,” making it into their sweet home. The Boston Globe calls it “an often hilarious, endearing tale.”

Both authors will sign copies of their books following the presentation, which will be available for sale.

The Spring Reading Series is part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series, which assists HPU faculty in planning vibrant, intellectually stimulating cultural events that feature nationally renowned academics, artists and performers. The grants support programming in all academic disciplines and help introduce students to thought provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business.

Parking will be available for community members in the lot behind the Wilson School of Commerce.

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