The Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library on the campus of Montreat College have announced novelist Pamela Duncan as the speaker for the library’s annual luncheon at 12:00pm on Saturday, June 21st.

Duncan was born in Asheville and grew up in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Shelby, North Carolina. Her first novel, “Moon Women,” was a Southeastern Booksellers Association Award Finalist, and her second novel, “Plant Life,” won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her third novel, “The Big Beautiful,” was published in 2007. She is currently working on a fourth novel, “The Wilder Place,” a love story set in the mountains.

Duncan has also been involved with numerous writing festivals and has done readings at writers’ workshops and author events throughout the state, including author presentations for the North Carolina Library Association. Her novels are characterized by richly textured voices and dialog that is true to this region. Her work reflects her familiarity with the people and places of Western North Carolina and an ability to render ordinary lives with dignity and strength. She currently lives in Cullowhee, NC and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University.

The Bell Library’s annual luncheon will take place at 12:00pm on Saturday, June 21 in Montreat College’s Gaither Fellowship Hall. The luncheon costs $15 per person. To make a reservation, call (828) 669-8012, ext. 3504 or 3502.