Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis will speak at UCPL on Saturday | Culture & Leisure

Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis will visit the Unicoi County Public Library on Saturday to discuss her novel, “Be Not Far From Me.”

McGinnis is the author of several young adult fiction books, including “A Madness So Discreet” and “Heroine.”

“I fell in love with the way she writes,” said Selena Harmon, director of the Unicoi County Public Library. “There is a beauty to that. There’s something very haunting about it but also very satisfying.

McGinnis will also be offering a short writing workshop as part of the event.

“It will just be an opportunity to meet and greet an author who talks about their work specifically with them and also help inspire and teach those who may be considering writing,” Harmon said.

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Although the conference will focus on McGinnis’ book “Be Not Far From Me”, guests will have the opportunity to discuss any of her books with her. Copies of McGinnis’ books will also be available for purchase at the event.

“‘Be Not Far From Me’ is a novel about nature,” Harmon said. “People have compared it to a mixture of ‘Hatchet’ and ‘Wild’ and that touches us because, especially in Erwin here, we are all very close to nature and drawn to nature.”

McGinnis will be at UCPL on June 18 at 10 a.m. The event is free, and customers who call ahead to register will have a chance to win a copy of McGinnis’ book “Be Not Far From Me,” although pre-registration is not required. to participate.

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