Kentucky author will visit Sept. 19 to participate in Freshman Read

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Renowned Kentucky author Silas House will visit St. Catharine College on Sept. 19 to discuss his book Eli the Good as part of the Freshman Read, one of the many projects implemented by SCC’s rtl3 program. The event takes place at 1 p.m. in St. Catharine Hall. Limited seating is available to the public.
House is the author of four novels, two plays, a nonfiction book exploring environmental concerns, and the editor of James Still’s posthumous novel, Chinaberry. He is presently serving as interim director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center and Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies at Berea College, as well as serving on the fiction faculty at Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing.
“One of our goals for SCC’s campus-wide reading initiative is to bring authors in face-to-face contact with our students,” said Evelyn Silliman, director of the rtl3 Reading Program. “Having an author with the national stature of Silas House visit and personally speak with our students is a dream fulfilled. Across campus, we are delighted with his work and excited to meet him.”
A common experience reading program in its 4th year at SCC, the Freshman Read reaches more than 350 students, faculty, and staff across the St. Catharine Campus.
In Eli the Good, House presents the story of a ten-year-old boy who learns about the destructive after effects of war. In a story set in 1976, yet relevant to the climate of the 2000’s, House opens the reader to a world of confusion and violence brought into a formerly safe, loving home by a father returning from the horrors of the Vietnam War. Eli moves through this seemingly endless summer in a landscape of lush eastern Kentucky mountains, an environment which sets a memorable contrast to the dark terror growing within his family home. Here, he must learn to deal with issues of living with post traumatic stress disorder, protesting government decisions with respect, creating families, defining patriotism, and accepting differences in others, all the while discovering the value of true friendship.
House is a two-time finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize, a  two-time winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, the Appalachian Writer of the Year, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Chaffin Prize for Literature, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers as well as receiving many other honors. In 2009, the Silas House Literary Seminar was given at Emory and Henry College.
For his environmental activism, House received the Helen Lewis Community Award in 2008 from the Appalachian Studies Association. In 2010, he was awarded the Intellectual Freedom Award from the Kentucky Council of English Teachers.
For more information, contact Evelyn Silliman at esilliman@sccky.edu or (859) 336-5082, ext. 1322. Information about Silas House can be found Online at www.silashouse.net.