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MSU Department of English hosts ‘An Afternoon with Silas House’

Silas House PictureThe Morehead State University Department of English is hosting a reading of acclaimed Appalachian author Silas House titled "An Afternoon with Silas House." This virtual event is via WebEx at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. The event is free and open to the public.  

Silas House is a nationally best-selling author. He has written novels, including "Clay’s Quilt" (2001), "A Parchment of Leaves" (2003), "The Coal Tattoo" (2005), "Eli the Good" (2009) and co-authored "Same Sun Here" (2012) with Neela Vaswani. He has also published a creative nonfiction book (2009's "Something's Rising" with co-author Jason Howard) and has written three plays. One of his plays, "This is My Heart for You," was performed by MSU's The Little Company in 2019.  

During the event, House will discuss his most recent novel, "Southernmost," which focuses on judgment, courage, heartbreak and change. The presentation also touches on rural identity, spirituality and the changing South. House will also discuss his craft and life as a successful author and writer.  

Southernmost Book CoverMSU Professor of English Dr. Ron Morrison helped to organize the event.   

"We are absolutely delighted that Silas House will be speaking at this virtual event. Mr. House has emerged as an important and influential voice in Appalachian literature, but the reach of his work extends well beyond Appalachian culture, and he has written on environmental issues, popular music and gender/sexual orientation," Morrison said. "The focus of his talk will be his 2019 novel 'Southernmost,' but he is sure to provide lively commentary on a range of issues. This is a wonderful opportunity for faculty, students and the general public to interact with an award-winning author."  

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For more information, contact Dr. Sylvia Henneberg, interim associate dean of the School of English, Communication, Media and Languages, at or call 606-783-9300.   

To learn more about MSU’s Department of English, visit, email or call 606-783-9448. 

Photos: Best-selling Appalachian author Silas House (right) will discuss his latest book “Southernmost” (left) when MSU hosts “An Afternoon with Silas House” via WebEx at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Image courtesy of C. Williams.