Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) in Rainsville, Alabama, is hosting “A Morning with Daniel Wallace” on Friday, April 29, in the college’s Tom Bevill Lyceum as part of the College’s Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum. Award-winning author and Alabama native, Daniel Wallace, will speak at 9 AM and will sign books at 10 AM. The event is free and open to the public.
Wallace will also be in attendance at NACC’s theatre performance of Big Fish, a play based on his book on Thursday, April 28, at 7 PM. After the show, Wallace will be holding a Question and Answer session with the audience. Big Fish will be presented April 21-24 & 28- May 1, 2016.
“We are very pleased to have Daniel Wallace on campus," stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. "His novel Big Fish is an American classic and I know that in their hands our Theatre Department will do an outstanding production of the musical based on the book. We love to be able to combine the writing and theatre arts at Northeast with Mr. Daniel's presentation. I encourage those in the community in particular to attend the presentation and play for this very rare fine arts opportunity."
Wallace was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but has lived most of his life in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He presently serves as the J. Ross Macdonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, his alma mater, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. In 2010 he was awarded the Johnston Award for Teaching Excellence. Wallace and his wife, Laura, have a daughter and a son.
Wallace has written such works as Ray in Reverse (2000), The Watermelon King (2003), Mr. Sebastian and Negro Magician (2007), The Kings and Queens of Roam (2013), and of course, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions (1998). In 2008 Wallace collaborated with George Singleton, the 2016 Northeast Arts and Humanities Speaker’s Forum author, to write a piece of nonfiction entitled, Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds: Indispensable Wisdom and Cautionary Advice for Writers. His work has been published in over two dozen languages, and his illustrations have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Italian Vanity Fair, and many other magazines and books. The College’s English honor society, Sigma Kappa Delta, will have copies of Wallace’s books for sale.
Joan Reeves, chair of the English and Fine Arts Division at Northeast, noted, “What a treat indeed it is for us to be able to host Daniel Wallace on the Northeast campus. Our students are going to easily relate to his quick wit and will have much to learn from his expertise as a writer and teacher.”
The Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum is a service the college provides for the student body, faculty, staff, and community. Dr. Campbell began this forum in 1994 in an effort to enhance the Arts and Humanities on campus. “We think events such as this forum are important for our students and the community. It gives them the chance to broaden their education.” This forum is co-sponsored by the College’s English and Fine Arts Division and Sigma Kappa Delta. For more information regarding events sponsored by the English and Fine Arts Division, contact Joan Reeves, NACC Chair of English and Fine Arts, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about tickets to Big Fish, contact the NACC Theatre at (256) 638-4418, ext. 2218 or email@example.com. Big Fish is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. Tel. 866.378.9758. www.theatricalrights.com.