The Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at Francis Marion University will present Jesmyn Ward, author of "Salvage the Bones."
She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel “Salvage the Bones”, a story about familial love and community covering the 10 days preceding Hurricane Katrina, the day of the cyclone, and the day after. An assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama, Ward is currently working on a memoir. She was the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010–2011 academic year. From 2008 to 2010 Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.
Ward will read from her work on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in McNair Science Building’s Chapman Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The Hunter Chair in English Literature funds two lectures per year. The Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU 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 lived in Marion County, was once mayor of Marion, contributed to many different organizations throughout the Pee Dee area, and operated a successful Ford dealership in Florence for 40 years. Mrs. Hunter came to Marion as a school teacher and 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.