The English and Fine Arts Division is happy to announce its annual Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum on March 12.  The event will be held in the Tom Bevill Lyceum from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Two authors have been invited to speak on “Telling My Story: The Power of the Memoir.” 

In addition to discussing the memoirs they have written; the authors will read excerpts from their works and take part in a question and answer session with the audience. The event is open to faculty, staff, and students of NACC as well as the general public at no cost. 

The authors participating in this panel discussion are Janisse Ray (Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wildcard Quilt) and Lila Quintero Weaver (Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White). Janisse Ray, a graduate of Florida State University with a BA and an MFA from the University of Montana, has served as a writer-in-residence at Hollins College, the University of Montana, and the University of Mississippi. Ray is the author of two memoirs, four books of non-fiction, and a book of poetry.

The second author, Lila Quintero Weaver, graduated with a BA from New College at The University of Alabama.  Weaver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, moved to Marion, Alabama, at the age of five. Her memoir, Darkroom, is her personal story of a Latina girl in the Jim Crow South. Weaver is the author of this memoir and a young adult novel.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Don Noble, recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Arts Award. Dr. Noble taught American literature at the University of Alabama from 1969 until 2001.

Through his work with the Alabama Public Television series, Bookmark, Noble has interviewed hundreds of writers.  Following the panel discussion, participants will be invited to stay for a reception and book signing at which time they will have the opportunity to talk with the authors. The College’s English honor society, Sigma Kappa Delta, will have copies of books by both authors for sale.

As an added attraction for the Speakers’ Forum, each author has agreed to conduct a master class to be held in the English Building on March 12, from 2:30-4 p.m.  Ray’s topic is “The Elements of Great Writing in Creative Non-Fiction” and Weaver’s topic is “A Self-Doubter’s Guide to Writing Anyway.”  This event will also follow with a book signing and reception.

For more information, contact Joan Reeves at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2231, or by email

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