An Evening with an Appalachian Son

An Evening with an Appalachian Son

Noted Kentucky author Silas House will headline the sixth annual Friends of the EKU Libraries dinner.

The event, entitled “An Evening with an Appalachian Son,” will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Stratton Café in Eastern Kentucky University’s Stratton Building. It is open to the public; the cost is $30 per person. Those planning to attend should make reservations by calling 859-622-1072 no later than Oct. 25.

House, a native of Laurel County and graduate of EKU, is the author of four award-winning novels: “Clay’s Quilt,” “A Parchment of Leaves,” “The Coal Tattoo,” and “Eli the Good,” all set in Appalachia. He is co-author, along with Neela Vaswani, of “Same Sun Here,” in which an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.

Because of those and many other works, House, now a member of the Berea College faculty, received the 2012 Jesse Stuart Media Award in recognition of his contributions to the development of media that portrays Kentucky in a complex way.

In addition to House discussing his own works, the evening will include a dinner buffet, music from the Berea College Appalachian Ensemble, and a special performance by EKU Dance Theatre.

“This year’s annual dinner is certain to be a fabulous evening,” said Laura Steidle, chair of the Friends Programs and Events Committee. “Silas House is known internationally for his unique prose and his passion for Kentucky and Appalachia. We are excited about the combination of Appalachian literature, music and dance and are looking forward to sharing this experience with the university community.”

The current Friends of the EKU Libraries organization, established in 2007, has grown rapidly to include more than 300 members. Its mission is to raise awareness of and build financial support for EKU Libraries, thereby enhancing the learning experience of students and enriching the campus community. Friends of the EKU Libraries has helped make possible The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity; Dewey, a golf cart to facilitate delivery of library materials between branches; artwork to beautify spaces and inspire creativity; scholarships for exceptional library student employees; and unique and educational programming opportunities.

To learn more about supporting the Friends of the EKU Libraries, visit www.library.eku.edu/support or contact the Library Advancement Office at 859-622-6593.