On Saturday, June 15, the Montreat College Friends of the Library will host the annual Friends of the Library Luncheon featuring local author Tommy Hays. The luncheon will take place at noon in Gaither Fellowship Hall. Reservations are required; call the library at 828-669-8012 ext. 3504 or 3502 to make a reservation.

Luncheon guest speaker Tommy Hays, Asheville author and director of the Great Smokies Writing Program, has written three novels, “Sam’s Crossing” (1992), “In the Family Way” (1999), and “The Pleasure Was Mine” (2005). His next novel, “What I Came to Tell You,” is forthcoming in September 2013. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and is a contributor to “Our State” magazine.

Hays’ third novel, “The Pleasure Was Mine,” explores the transformation and resilience of a family as a husband becomes the caregiver for his wife during her descent into Alzheimer’s. Because the novel is in part about Alzheimer’s, the author has been asked to speak at caregiver and aging conferences around the world, including the 20th Annual Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease and Research Center Conference at Duke Medical School, the 2007 Alzheimer’s Disease Education Conference sponsored by Conference sponsored by the Adult Center for Enrichment in the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, and the Conscious Aging Conference sponsored by the Adult Center for Enrichment in Greensboro, NC.

Hays received his B.A. in English from Furman University and graduated from the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is a lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at UNC Asheville. He lives in Asheville with his wife and two children.