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Best-selling author Silas House will present the 2019 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall of the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA). The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s lecture, which is hosted by Friends of the Knox County Public Library and the Library Society of the University of Tennessee, is also sponsored by the Knox County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library FoundationUnion Ave Books, KMA, and WUOT. It honors the late Wilma Dykeman Stokely (1920–2006), writer, speaker, teacher, historian, environmentalist and long-time friend of the Knox County Public Library. Her papers are part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and Archives at the University of Tennessee Libraries.

House is the author of five novels, a book of creative nonfiction, and three plays; his work has also appeared in The New York Times and Salon. His most recent novel, Southernmost, was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was one of the American Library Association’s Ten Choices for Best Book Group Books of 2018 and one of Southern Living’s Best Books of 2018.

House serves on the fiction faculty at the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing and as the NEH Chair 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, the Lee Smith Award, and many other honors.

Read “Another Country”, a short story by Silas House, here.

Read Chapter 16‘s review of Southernmost here.


Photos from the 2019 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture with Silas House


Silas House reads from Southernmost

Silas House talks with Mary Laura Philpott on Nashville Public TV’s “A War of Words”


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Silas House’s photo by Tasha Thomas.