‘Big Fish’ author at Barton Oct. 16

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Barton College will welcome fiction writer Daniel Wallace as the featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The free program will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center.

The author of six novels, Wallace’s “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions,” was made into a motion picture by Tim Burton in 2003, and a musical version hit Broadway in 2013.

Other novels include “Ray in Reverse,” “The Watermelon King,” “The Kings and Queens of Roam,” and “Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician.

He has written and illustrated two children’s books, “The Cat’s Pajamas” and “The Hole Story.” Wallace gifted “The Hole Story,” about a Hole’s search for his place in the world, to Book Harvest, a non-profit organization in Durham that gets books to children who need them. His drawings have appeared in books and magazines all over the world. 

Contributing editor to Garden and Gun magazine, Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and won the Johnston Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

Joyce T. Boone graduated from Atlantic Christian College with degrees in business administration (1978) and nursing (1988). An advocate for students.

She served on both the Barton College Board of Trustees and the Barton Alumni Council. Boone was president-elect of the Barton College Alumni Council when she passed away in October 2004.