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Jason Mott

Jason Mott

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Jason Mott

April 18, 2024
6:00 pm

Jason Mott

Plemmons Student Union, 201B (Table Rock Room)
263 Locust Street, Boone, NC 28608

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch. He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…” He is the author of three novels: The Returned, The Wonder of All Things, and The CrossingThe Returned, Mott’s debut novel, was adapted by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It aired on the ABC network under the title Resurrection. Motts’ fourth novel, Hell of a Book, was released in the summer of 2021 and received the 2021 National Book Award. It’s a story that goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans, and America as a whole.

This event is co-sponsored by The Schaefer Center Presents series and Appalachian Journal.

Admission is FREE and open to the public

Schedule: Reading @ 6pm

Hell of a Book cover


FREE CAMPUS PARKING for community members and students will be allowed for the 6pm readings in the vicinity of the Plemmons Student Union. We recommend either the East Howard Lot (behind the Student Union) or the College Street Deck beginning at 5pm (from King Street, turn down College Street at the First Baptist Church). To reach the Student Union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and entering the Student Union on the second floor. For further parking information or a map, please see

About the Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of the late Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968), a 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award recipient, past member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and ASU Foundation, long time member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Board, and generous supporter of Appalachian State University.

The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series is supported by

  • Appalachian Journal
  • Appalachian State University Foundation, Inc.
  • Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs
  • Belk Library
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department of English
  • The Schaefer Center Presents
  • University Bookstore

Business sponsors

  • The Gideon Ridge Inn
  • Hellbender Bed and Beverage

Community sponsors

  • Thomas McLaughlin
  • Alice Naylor
  • Paul and Judy Tobin


For more information, please contact Andie Thomas at

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