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Author Steven James to speak at ETSU during National Library Week event

JOHNSON CITY (April 11, 2013) – Local critically-acclaimed author Steven James will speak at East Tennessee State University Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m. as part of National Library Week.

James’ talk, “Truths that Telling Lies has Taught Me: Reflections of a Novelist’s Life,” will be presented on the third floor of Sherrod Library in the documents, law and maps room.

A 1997 graduate of ETSU’s Master’s Degree in Storytelling Program, James has written more than 30 books spanning the genres of psychological thrillers, dramas, young adult fantasy and more.  He has received numerous honors, including four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and the 2009, 2011 and 2012 Christy Awards for best suspense. 

His thriller, The Queen, won the 2012 Christy Award for Best Suspense Novel, the 2012 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Award for Best Christian Novel and was a finalist for an International Thriller Award.

He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers.  He is also a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest.

A reception will be held prior to James’ talk at 4:30 p.m.  Following his talk, ETSU will make a special presentation to two donors, Gwen Wallace and Dr. Flora Joy.  Wallace established the Gwendolyn Wallace Children’s Literature Endowment at the Sherrod Library, and Joy donated more than 1,600 books from her private collection to Sherrod’s children’s library.

All events are free and open to the public.  For more information or to request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, call the Sherrod Library at (423) 439-4337.