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Author Leigh Ann Henion To Speak At Brevard College


Last updated 4/18/2018 at 4:11pm

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Leigh Ann Henion

The Grace Creech West Lectureship in conjunction with Brevard College's English Department welcomes West Lecturer Leigh Ann Henion to read from her works at 7 p.m. in McLarty-Goodson classroom 125 on April 23.

Inaugurated in 1994, the Grace Creech West Lectureship honors a former "First Lady" of Brevard College and late wife of interim President Cameron P. West, (1992-1994) by bringing a distinguished southern writer to campus each year to present a reading/discussion to the BC campus family and surrounding community.

"Grace was classy and strong willed. She loved her students, especially women, acting often as both a mentor and role model," said President David Joyce. "My wife and I have considered ourselves part of her family since the early '80s and it is heartwarming to us and to her family that this deserved tradition continues in her honor."

Henion is the New York Times bestselling author of "Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World." The book is about how she chased eclipses, migrations and other natural phenomena around the globe to reawaken her sense of wonder. "Phenomenal" was named an editor's pick by O: The Oprah Magazine, Backpacker, and Barnes & Noble Review.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the award winning "Eat, Pray, Love," called it a "gorgeously written and deeply thoughtful memoir," and, in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald declared that "even a cynic reading 'Phenomenal' will yearn for a taste of wonder."

Henion's essays and articles have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Southern Living, Oxford American, and Our State, among other publications. She has received a variety of accolades for her work, including four Lowell Thomas Awards and three notable citations in The Best American Travel Writing.

In describing her latest work, Jubal Tiner, associate professor of English, said, '"Phenomenal' is just that - a phenomenal book, and Leigh Anne Henion will be bringing it to life. This will be an evening not to be missed."

A question and answer session with Henion will precede the reading from 4-5 p.m. in McLarty-Goodson classroom 125. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jubal Tiner at [email protected] or call (828) 884-8349.


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