Shippensburg Public Library welcomes Jim Minick on Thursday, June 29 from 6:30 pm.-8:00 p.m. He is the author of five books, including his newest novel Fire Is Your Water , from which he will read. His other books are The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family, winner of the Southern Independent Booksellers Association Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Award. He has also written a collection of essays, Finding a Clear Path, two books of poetry, Her Secret Song and Burning Heaven, and he edited All There Is to Keep by Rita Riddle.
Minick's honors include the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing, and the Fred Chappell Fellowship at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He has also won awards from Southern Environmental Law Center, Appalachian Writers Association, and Appalachian Heritage. He’s garnered grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Augusta University, Georgia Humanities Council, and a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Jim has taught at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Radford University in Virginia, and is Assistant Professor at Augusta University in Georgia. He was a fiction editor at the Greensboro Review.
"I'm thrilled to be returning to my hometown library for this event, especially since Fire Is Your Water is set nearby."