David Ebenbach, Author of "Miss Portland," to Offer Midday Reading at UNC Asheville and Discuss Creative Process in Evening Talk at JCC on Nov. 15

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David Ebenbach will read from and discuss his Orison Fiction Prize-winning novel, Miss Portland, in a 12:30 p.m. event on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, in the Laurel Forum. He will then offer a 7 p.m. talk that evening, Where Art Begins: The Roots of the Artist in the Tree of Knowledge, at the Asheville Jewish Community Center (JCC), 236 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Both events are free and open to everyone.

The author of seven books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, Ebenbach has won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Juniper Prize and the Patricia Bibby Award. He teaches creative writing and literature as a professor of practice at the Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, and he also teaches courses in that university’s Center for Jewish Civilization.

Ebenbach’s appearance at the JCC, which will examine the creative process through the lens of the Book of Genesis, is jointly sponsored by the JCC and UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies (CJS). His reading and talk at UNC Asheville is part of the Visiting Writers Series presented by the university’s Department of English and CJS.

The visit to UNC Asheville by Ebenbach is the second of a tandem of closely timed Visiting Writers events at the university. Aviya Kushner, author of The Grammar of God, will deliver the 2017 Phyllis Freed Sollod Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Karpen Hall, in the Laurel Forum. Her talk, presented by the CJS and Department of English in collaboration with Congregation Beth Israel, also is free and open to everyone.

For more information, visit the websites english.unca.edu/visiting-writers and jcc-asheville.org/calendar.