BETHANY, W.Va. – Contemporary writer and New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will speak at Bethany College Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series. The presentation is part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend.
Cash will discuss the process of creating a novel. He’ll explain the journey he went through with his first novel, starting with the creative writing workshop where he wrote it, and then the process of getting an agent and an editor before publication.
Cash’s first novel, “A Land More Kind than Home,” rose to be a New York Times bestseller while he was teaching in the English department at Bethany College. In 2014, Cash published his second novel, “This Dark Road to Mercy.”
The event will be held in the Academic Parlor of the historic Old Main on the Bethany College campus, and is free and open to residents of the greater tri-state area. Cash will be available to autograph his books immediately following the lecture.
The Lecture Series is named for Dr. Larry Grimes, who opened the Series in October 2014 as its inaugural presenter. Developed by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Series honors Grimes’ 39 years as a Bethany professor.
Grimes said he considers Cash not only a former colleague, but also a friend. While Grimes said he was sad to see Cash leave Bethany’s faculty after being offered a book contract, he knew he would create a wonderful novel.
“A pinch of Flannery O'Connor, a dash of William Faulkner, a teaspoon of James Lee Burke, another of Ron Rash. Add fine specialty spices known only to Wiley Cash. Stir, and you have the fiction of a wonderful new writer on the American scene,” Grimes said.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.