FLORENCE – Novelist Megan Abbott will give the Hunter Fund Lecture at Francis Marion University Wednesday, April 6.
The speech will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
Abbott is the Edgar-winning author of the novels Die a Little, The Song Is You, Queenpin and Bury Me Deep, which was nominated for six awards: the 2010 Edgar Award, Hammett Prize, the Macavity, Anthony and Barry Awards and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her upcoming novel, The End of Everything, comes out in July 2011.
Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English Literature and went on to receive her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University. She lives in Queens, New York City.
Abbott's stories have appeared in Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir (2006), Wall Street Noir (2007), Detroit Noir (2007), Storyglossia and Queens Noir (2007). Her nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir, was published in 2003. She is also the editor of the Edgar-nominated A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir, featuring original tales by 25 mystery and crime authors.
Abbott won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2008 for Queenpin. She was previously nominated in 2006 for Best First Novel. In 2008, she won the Barry Award (Deadly Pleasures and Mystery News award) and has been nominated three times for the Anthony Award (Bouchercon World Mystery Convention award).
Also, visit Megan's blog with author Sara Gran as well as The Rap Sheet, a crime fiction blog to which Megan Abbott serves as an occasional contributor.
The Hunter Chair in English Literature was established in 1991 by three sisters – Dorothy Hunter Thames Ellis, Adelle Hunter West and Hattie Costa Hunter King – as a memorial to their parents, Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter.
Hunter made his life in Marion County, was once mayor of Marion, contributed to many different organizations throughout the Pee Dee area and operated a successful automobile dealership in Florence for 40 years. His wife came to Marion as a schoolteacher, was active in church work and taught Sunday school for more than 50 years. She was a charter member of several literary clubs, garden clubs and community organizations.