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Author and alumnus Brad Land to speak at FMU, Oct. 28

Author and Francis Marion University graduate Brad Land will speak at FMU on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Land will give a reading and answer questions about his best-selling memoir, "Goat," beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center's Lowrimore Auditorium on the FMU campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The speech is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU and the Swamp Fox Writing Project.

 Land will also meet with several FMU writing classes the following day.

 "Goat" recounts Land's abduction by two men at a party – and the disturbingly similar hazing he endured as part of a fraternity initiation at Clemson University. "Goat" was published by Random House in 2003, has been printed in England, Australia, Holland and Italy, was excerpted in GQ magazine, and is being adapted for film by Killer Films.

 USA Today praised it as a "captivating portrayal of violence" and a "sensitive coming-of-age story." A reviewer for the Boston Globe called "Goat" a story "about male sensitivity and brutality; about the fear of young death; about conscience; about courage and cowardice; and about the conflict of collective will and personal integrity."

 Land received the B.A. degree in English from FMU in 1999 and the M.F.A. degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and non-fiction editor of Third Coast at Western Michigan University.

 His new book, a novel tentatively titled "Songs to Learn and Sing," will be published by Random House in spring 2006. Land's work has appeared in Gentlemen's Quarterly, Third Coast, Rivendell, and Quarter After Eight.

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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Last Published: October 8, 2004 6:14 AM
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