HPU Welcomes Author Melanie Rae Thon as Part of Grant Series

Melanie Rae Thon

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 31, 2014 – Acclaimed author Melanie Rae Thon will soon visit High Point University in an upcoming Phoenix Reading Series event. The author will share some of her work – both old and new, as well as hold a question-and-answer session and book signing at the event, which will be held at 7 p.m. on April 17 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

“Melanie Rae Thon is one of the most original prose stylists writing today,” says Dr. Jacob Paul, assistant professor of English, who is coordinating the event. “Her work is remarkable, and unlike any other. As with all our readings, the primary benefit to students, faculty and community members is the opportunity to be exposed to her work, and to ask her questions about its formation.”

Thon is most recently the author of the novel “The Voice of the River,” which was awarded the Mountains + Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s “Reading the West” Book Award. Her previous works include the novels “Sweet Hearts,” “Meteors in August” and “Iona Moon.”  Thon’s short fiction story collections have also won numerous awards.

She has received grants from the National Foundation of the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.

Thon currently teaches creative writing in the fourth highest ranked Ph.D. program in the country at the University of Utah. She also teaches courses in the Environmental Humanities Program.

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