Author visits Barton for spring dinner

Make reservations by March 26

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Expect an evening of delightful humor with acclaimed author Drew Perry at the upcoming Barton College Friends of Hackney Library Spring Dinner and Lecture scheduled for Tuesday, April 3. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College.

A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the program immediately following dinner. Perry will be available to sign copies of his books at the event. Books will be available for purchase, both at the book signing and following the program.

Space is limited, and the deadline for making reservations is Monday, March 26. Admission for the event is $35 per person. Admission for Friends of Hackney Library members and for Barton faculty/staff, students and spouses is $30 per person. For information or to make reservations for the event, contact Ann Dolman at 252-399-6507, or email the Friends of Hackney Library at fohl@barton.edu.

Perry is the author of two humorous novels as well as several short fiction, poetry and nonfiction works, and he is a regular contributor to Our State magazine and an associate professor of English at Elon University.

Perry’s first novel, “This Is Just Exactly Like You,” was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and a SIBA Okra pick. 

“Kids These Days,” Perry’s second novel, is also highly acclaimed. It was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick and was named to the Kirkus Reviews’ lists for Winter’s Best Bets and Books So Funny You’re Guaranteed to Laugh.

While Perry’s first two novels each feature a contemporary setting, a single narrator, and cover a relatively short span of time, his third effort is a bit more complex. According to Elon University, his current work-in-progress is “more ambitious in size and scope.” Titled “Dear Firecracker,” this third novel, “situated around two Space Shuttle disasters of 1986 and 2003, is historical, with multiple narrators. It aims to be a big American novel, a book that asks big questions and seeks to comment on the American experiment in more direct ways than his other two.”

Perry is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in Atlanta. He attended the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree in advertising and journalism. He continued his education, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has been teaching at Elon University since 1999.

He is married to Tita Ramirez, fellow writer and associate professor of English at Elon University. They have two young sons and make their home in Greensboro.