Kentucky author Silas House visits Centre as Humana/Doherty library speaker

Acclaimed Kentucky author and activist Silas House will, once again, serve as Centre College’s Humana/Doherty Library Series guest speaker. House will read from his work during a convocation on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theater. Immediately following the event, House will be available for a book signing in the foyer of the Norton Center for the Arts.

“We are very excited to host Silas House again,” said Carrie Frey, associate director of library services. “He is a very generous speaker, with both his time and his patience in presenting a perspective unique to America and Kentucky.”

House will lead a discussion with Hannah Gibbs ’19 on March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Grissom Reading Room in Doherty Library.

“Silas House is a Kentucky writer, best known for his novels, but he is also a music journalist, with a music program sponsored by NPR titled Hillbilly Solid,” Frey said. “In addition, he is an environmental activist and columnist. House’s fiction is known for a focus on nature, working class characters and the plight of rural people. The breadth of his work makes it pertinent to environmental studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, religion and other programs of study, so he is a perfect choice as a speaker at a liberal arts institution like Centre.”

Frey added that, through his work, House provides a voice for rural communities and a spotlight on Kentucky heritage and natural beauty.

“He presents a slice of Appalachian life and attitudes via his writing,” she continued. “We should provide diversity of perspectives on our campus, and Silas represents a rich commentary in his roles and his essays on the struggles and beauty found in Appalachia.”

House is the nationally bestselling author of five novels: “Clay’s Quilt,” “A Parchment of Leaves,” “The Coal Tattoo,” “Eli the Good” and “Same Sun Here.” He has also written a book of creative nonfiction, “Something’s Rising,” and three plays: “The Hurting Part,” “This is My Heart for You” and “In These Fields.” His latest novel is titled “Southernmost.” House’s work frequently appears in The New York Times and Salon, and he is former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Additionally, House serves on the faculty of the Spalding University MFA program for creative writing and as the NEH Chair in Appalachian studies at Berea College.

He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers; the recipient of three honorary doctorates; and is the winner of the Nautilus Award, an EB White Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Jesse Stuart Award and the Lee Smith Award, among other honors.

Humana/Doherty Library Series
Kentucky author Silas House
Convocation and book signing
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Weissager Theater, Norton Center for the Arts

by Kerry Steinhofer
February 28, 2019