- October 24, 2013
- 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
- Campus Events
- Hanes Auditorium, Elberson Fine Arts Center
Lee Smith is the author of 16 books of fiction, including the bestselling novels Fair and Tender Ladies and The Last Girls, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.
Her new book, Guests on Earth, centers on Evalina Toussaint, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans. She is just 13 when she is admitted to Highland Hospital in Asheville, N.C. The year is 1936, and the mental hospital is under the direction of the celebrated psychiatrist Robert S. Carroll, whose program of treatment for mental and nervous disorders and addictions is based on exercise, diet, art, occupational therapies—and experimental shock therapy. Guests on Earth is a mesmerizing novel about a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, fact and fiction, are beautifully intertwined by a writer at the height of her craft.
Tickets are not required for this free event with general admission seating. However, tickets can be purchased through www.bookmarksnc.org for the Premier Reception, which includes one ticket for the Conversation Event at 7:00 p.m. with reserved premier seating and parking as well as a private reception with Lee Smith beginning at 5:30 p.m., featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, Raffaldini wines, a hardback copy of Guests on Earth, and a book signing.