Alumna and Bestselling Author Sarah Addison Allen Returns to UNC Asheville


Sarah Addison Allen has published six novels since graduating with a degree in literature from UNC Asheville in 1994. Her books have been on numerous bestseller lists—including the New York Times—received awards and accolades, 

Sarah Addison Allen

been translated into 30 languages and sold nearly 2 million copies. On Saturday, March 21, Addison will return to her alma mater to read from her most recent novel, First Frost.

"The Literature and Language Department is delighted to welcome Sarah back to campus,” said Erica Abrams Locklear, associate professor of literature. The department has named Addison the 2015 Goodman Endowed Artist.  “We are eager to hear her read from her latest novel and anticipate a large turnout for the event."

First Frost revisits the Waverley family from Addison’s first novel, Garden Spells, which won the 2008 SIBA Book Award for fiction and was named Best Women's Fiction of 2007 by the American Library Association's Reading List.

Addison’s novels, which she describes as “Southern-fried magical realism,” are frequently based in Western North Carolina and feature stories of romance and friendship.

“Through my degree in literature, I discovered who I was as a reader,” Addison said. “And from that, I learned who I was as a writer.”

Addison’s reading will take place at 2:30 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mission Health System Mountain View Room, and is free and open to the public. For more information, read the news release