How a celebrated author brings a story to life

In his talk, Silas House takes us through his process of writing his novel Southernmost. News headlines, the spirit and culture of place, music, overheard conversations—Silas speaks to how they all come together to influence characters, themes and a powerful story.

About the speaker

Silas House is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, one book of environmental nonfiction, and three plays. His work has been published in Time, The New York Times, Garden and Gun, and many other publications. He is the recipient of the E.B. White Award, the Storylines Prize from the New York Pubic LIbrary/NAV Foundation, the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, and many other prizes. A former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” House has been long-listed for the Carnegie Medal. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and serves as the NEH Chair at Berea College and on the fiction faculty at the Spalding School of Creative Writing. He is a native of Eastern Kentucky and now lives in Lexington.

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