Pellissippi State Community College welcomes author David Madden to campus to speak about Appalachian culture and literature and about his new book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Madden speaks 2-2:55 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the community.
Madden’s presentation is part of this year’s Common Academic Experience at Pellissippi State. The Common Academic Experience unites all Pellissippi State freshmen in a shared reading experience of a Common Book, which becomes the basis of a yearlong discussion of issues related to the book. This year’s Common Book is “The United States of Appalachia” by Jeff Biggers. The book explores the oft-overlooked contributions of Appalachian visionaries, innovators and heroes to American culture — from writers like Cormac McCarthy to Cherokee syllabary inventor Sequoyah, from singer Bessie Smith to the founders of the first independent state declared against British rule, the District of Washington, situated in Upper East Tennessee.
Madden, a native Knoxvillian, is the author of “Bijou,” “Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War” and “The Suicide’s Wife,” for which he received a Pulitzer Prize nomination. “Sharpshooter” is a previous Common Book pick.
For more information on Madden’s presentation, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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