FLORENCE – Award-winning author John McNally will give a public reading at Francis Marion University on Feb. 15 as a part of the Hunter Lecture Series. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center lecture hall on the FMU campus. Admission is free.
McNally is the author of Troublemakers, described by Publishers Weekly as “11 meaningful, sharply etched stories” chronicling the lives of “midwestern pot smokers, petty thieves, and bullies-in-training.” Troublemakers won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press in 2000.
Born in Oak Park, Ill., in 1965, McNally grew up listening to bizarre, Gothic, Southern stories told by his mother, who came from a sharecropping family in Tennessee. After earning his B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University, McNally went on to earn an M.F.A. degree from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
McNally has been winning fellowships and fiction awards for over a decade and his fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications.
McNally is also the editor of two fiction anthologies: High Infidelity: 24 Great Stories about Adultery and The Student Body: Short Stories about College Students and Professors. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
The public reading is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU. 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.
Mr. 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. Mrs. Hunter 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.
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