The New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash to give keynote speech

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Commencement at Alderson Broaddus is set for Saturday, May 11 at 2 P.M. in Rex Pyles Arena in the Memorial Coliseum. Dr. Wiley Cash, author of The New York Times bestseller “A Land More Kind than Home” will deliver the keynote speech entitled “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” to 109 graduates.

The traditional Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place in the morning at 10 A.M. in Wilcox Chapel. Rev. Ronald G. James will give the Baccalaureate Address entitled “A Call to Commitment.”

Dr. Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that figures prominently in his fiction “A Land More Kind than Home” (William Morrow/HarperCollins, April 2012), his first novel.
“I deeply love my native state of North Carolina, especially its mountain,” says Cash. “I hope my love for this region is evident in A Land More Kind than Home's portrayal of western North Carolina's people, culture, and religious faith. While ‘A Land More Kind than Home’ revolves around a young autistic boy who is smothered during a church healing service, the novel’s three narrators all represent my experience of growing up in North Carolina and being raised in an evangelical church. I became a Southern writer because I wanted to recreate the South that I know, and I learned to write about the South from the writers I loved.”

His next novel is also set in the same region of North Carolina.

Cash holds a B.A. in literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly, and his essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review, and other publications.

Cash teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in fiction and nonfiction writing at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife currently live in West Virginia.

Dr. Wiley Cash will be presented with an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, by Alderson Broaddus President, Richard Creehan.