“Iguana Tree” Author Reads on Campus Oct. 8 & 9

Michel Stone

Michel Stone, author of “The Iguana Tree” and other stories and essays, will give two public readings at Catawba Valley Community College in October.

On Tues., Oct. 8, she will read and discuss her book at 7 p.m. in the CVCC Student Center. On Wed., Oct. 9, the reading will be held at 11 a.m. in the Tarlton Complex. A book signing will follow both readings.

“The Iguana Tree” was awarded a bronze medal in the National Literary Fiction category of the 2012 IPPY Awards and was named a spring 2012 Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. More than 600 CVCC students enrolled in developmental reading and English are reading the book.

Students taking Spanish classes and developmental reading and English classes are reading this book this semester at CVCC.

Stone’s writings have appeared numerous times in the Raleigh News and Observer’s emerging Southern writers series. She is a winner of SC Magazine’s Very Short Fiction Contest as well as the Hub City Fiction Prize. Her short story Bobby Knight’s Nu-Way of Thinking was included in When Stars Fell on Spartanburg in 2008.

For the past five years her short story Relative has been used by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for its English I Public School Testing Booklet. Her essay Danny Ford: The Man, The God was included in the anthology “Sports in The Carolinas,” published in 2009.

Stone was the editor of the 2010 collection of essays about outdoor pursuits called Outdoor Adventures in the Upcountry. She is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Project Award given by the S.C. Arts Commission, and her flash fiction was a finalist in Undefined Magazine’s 2011 Creative Writing Contest.

An alumna of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, she is a 10th generation South Carolina Lowcountry native. She lives in Spartanburg with her husband and their three children and is working on her second novel.

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