AIKEN, SC (10/08/2018) Jim Sanderson will kick off the University of South Carolina Aiken's 2018-2019 Oswald Distinguished Writer's Series Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Etherredge Center. The event is free and open to the public.
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"We are pleased to host Jim on campus. His writing has depth, but at the same time it is accessible to a broad audience in a way that's really only possible with a literary mystery writer. Jim's work will resonate with our students and our community," said Dr. Drew Geyer, chair of the USC Aiken English Department.
Currently, Sanderson is the chair of the English department at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He has published an award-winning series of mystery/crime novels involving West Texas and San Antonio. Most of his fiction takes place south of a line drawn from Lubbock to Beaumont, Texas, and south into Mexico.
His novels include: El Camino del Rio, La Mordida, Safe Delivery, and Dolph's Team. In addition, Sanderson has published three short story collections (Semi-Private Rooms, Faded Love, and Trashy Behavior), one essay collection (A West Texas Soapbox), two textbooks (Some Ways of Writing and Sanderson's Fiction Writing Manual), and more than 80 short stories, essays, or scholarly articles.
He has won the Frank Waters Prize, the Kenneth Patchen Prize, and the Texas Institute of Letters' Kay Cattarulla Award for the best short story. Sanderson placed as a finalist for four other national literary competitions.
The Oswald Writer's Series continues February 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Etherredge Center. Ken Hada, author of six books, including: Bring an Extry Mule and Persimmon Sunday, will be the featured writer.