Ann B. Ross, the nationally known author of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (1999), will be the speaker at Bell Library’s Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. on June 16, 2012 in Gaither Hall.  Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind is one of the most popular Southern debut novels in years and is joined by several other titles in the series.  It was listed as #9 on the Independent Booksellers’ seventy-six most highly recommended books for 1999.

Ross’ latest book, Miss Julia to the Rescue, was released in April 2012.  Ross holds a doctorate from Chapel Hill and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  She was a Visiting Lecturer in Literature, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, and Visiting Professor of Literature and Humanities at UNC-Asheville until she started full-time writing.  Several of her books have been added to the bestseller lists of Booksense and Barnes & Noble.  She has three children, two daughters and a son, as well as four grandsons (including twin boys) and two granddaughters.  Both granddaughters are named after Ross.

This event is open to the public.  Tickets are $15 for the luncheon and speaker, and $10 for the speaker only. Call 669-8012 ext. 3504 to make reservations. Gaither Hall is located at the Montreat College main campus. Free parking is available for the event.