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posted Nov 11, 2015, 6:23 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Nov 11, 2015, 6:24 PM ]

Here's another option if you want to take advantage of the Optional Event:

Lookout Books, the award-winning literary imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at UNCW, invites you and your Writing and Activism students to the launch of Matthew Neill Null’s environmental novel, Honey from the Lion, on Tuesday, November 17. A book signing and reception will follow the 7 p.m. reading with Null and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones in Morton Hall, room 100.

“The timber boom of the early twentieth century logged out the great virgin spruce forests of West Virginia,” writes author Joy Williams. “Matthew Neill Null elegantly and eloquently addresses this ecological tragedy and its attendant human diminishment in this thoughtful and moving novel.”

Honey from the Lion, Lookout Books’ debut novel, follows a brotherhood of timber wolves as they clear-cut the virgin Allegheny forest under the directive of a turn-of-the-century logging company. Null is a champion of rural America. He writes and teaches not only about the devastating effects of deforestation on humans and the natural world, but also explores how our history and place shape who we are. The novel was inspired by actual events: the logging boom of 1880–1920, the rise and demise of union agitation, and especially the people, native and immigrant, scarred by the experience. Substitute today's coal and natural-gas industries for timber, and the novel's contemporary relevance is clear.

This launch is free and open to the public as part of the department’s annual Writers’ Week, which takes place November 16–20, and brings together writers of local and national interest, UNCW students, and members of the general public with an interest in literature and writing.

We’ve created a discount code to purchase the novel for only $12, a savings of $7. Enter the code honeylaunch at checkout on Lookout’s website, and make sure to click “walk-in” to avoid shipping charges. Bring your receipt to the Publishing Laboratory, Kenan Hall 2116, to receive the book. This offer is available until the end of Writers’ Week.

For more information, contact Emily Smith at smithel@uncw.edu.