Event to Recognize Award-Winning Novel

Event to Recognize Award-Winning Novel

10/30/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – A reading, discussion and book signing for a novel that was named winner of the Asheville Award from Black Mountain Press will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education on the Ashland University campus.

Dr. Deborah Fleming, professor of English at Ashland University, will present readings from her novel, titled “Without Leave.” Black Mountain Press of Asheville, N.C., published the book in 2014 and selected it as the Asheville Award winner from among the 1,000 submissions. According to Fleming, the novel places brave people into the hippie experience and turbulent antiwar movement of the 1960s and addresses the existential question of freedom of the will.

The Nov. 17 event also will feature a discussion of the book as well as a book signing by Fleming. Refreshments will be served at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.