New York Times Best-Selling Author Returns to Bethany College for Homecoming

BETHANY, W.Va. – As part of Bethany College’s Homecoming celebration, New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash will return to campus as the featured speaker for the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series. The second-annual series will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Cash, author of best-selling books “A Land More Kind Than Home” and “This Dark Road to Mercy,” was a faculty member of the Bethany College English Department while Dr. Larry Grimes served as its chairman.

Cash’s lecture, entitled “The Story of a Novel,” will be presented in the Academic Parlor located on the second floor of Bethany College’s historic Old Main.

Cash will also take time to meet with specific classes on campus, as well as attend events open to all students.

In addition to his time on campus, Cash will read from his latest novel “This Dark Road to Mercy” at the Penguin Bookshop on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The bookshop is located at 417 Beaver Street in Sewickley, Pa. A wine and cheese reception will follow the reading.

The Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series and Cash’s reading at the Penguin Bookshop are free and open to the public. Copies of “This Dark Road to Mercy” are available for purchase at both events.

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Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.