Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) in Rainsville, Alabama, held its annual Arts and Humanities Speakers Forum on March 14, 2019, and this year’s event focused on “Fiction to Film.” The three writers participating in this discussion were Robert Inman (Home Fires Burning), Terry Kay (To Dance with the White Dog), and Daniel Wallace (Big Fish). Moderating the panel was Dr. Don Noble, host of the Alabama Public Television series, Bookmark. Robert Inman is the author of five novels, eight stage plays, and has written screenplays for six motion pictures for television. Terry Kay began his career in journalism at the Decatur-DeKalb News and later worked for The Atlanta Journal where he was noted as one of America’s leading film-theater critics. Of the seventeen novels Kay has written, three were made into Hallmark Hall of Fame movies and others were optioned for movies. Finally, Daniel Wallace, author of eight novels, returned to the NACC campus, where he attended the college’s 2016 spring production of his novel, Big Fish. He was recently named recipient of the 2019 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year.
Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC, began the Arts and Humanities Speaker’s Forum in 1993-94. Since that first year, the Forum has hosted such writers as Michael Knight, Tom Franklin, George Singleton, Mary Hood, Silas House, Thomas Cook, Ron Rash, Pam Duncan, Sena Jeter Naslund, Robert McCammon, and Joshilyn Jackson. This event is offered for the community as well as the students, faculty, and staff at Northeast and was co-sponsored by the college’s English and Fine Arts Division, the college’s English honor society, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Gorham’s Bluff, and Akins’ Furniture.
Over 300 were in attendance for the event which began with a reading by each panelist, followed by the panel discussion, and a Q&A with the audience. This was followed with a reception and book signing. In attendance were faculty and/or students from Crossville High School and Chattanooga State Community College. Joan Reeves, Chair of the English and Fine Arts Division, noted, “Offering the Speakers’ Forum for our students, faculty, and community is such an important part of our mission as educators. Dr. Campbell is to be congratulated for having the vision to create such an opportunity for northeast Alabama.”
The NACC chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta does have some signed copies of books by these authors available. For more information, contact Joan Reeves at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2231, or by email email@example.com. You may view the presentation on the NACC YouTube page.
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