Author's Luncheon with Elissa Schappell at Wingate University

Jennifer Gaskins (704) 233-8117
Director of Marketing and Communications

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library will host an Author's Luncheon featuring renowned author Elissa Schappell on Tuesday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. in LaVerne Banquet Hall on the university campus in Wingate.

Schappell is the author of the novel "Use Me" which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, a Borders original voice selection, a Los Angeles Times, Best Book of the Year selection and a New York Times, Notable Book selection. She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of the anthologies, "The Friend Who Got Away" and "Money Changes Everything." Her short stories, non-fiction, book reviews and essays have appeared in such places as The Paris Review, The New York Times Book Review, BOMB, Vogue, and SPIN, and her work is frequently anthologized. She is a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair where she writes the Hot Type book column, and a founding editor, now editor-at-large of the literary magazine, Tin House. Schappell currently teaches at New York University and the low-residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.

The luncheon will include a book signing and titles will be available for purchase.

Tickets for the luncheon are $30 for the general public and $15 for high school students. Reservations may be made by contacting Luanne Barbee at 704-233-8093, or email at

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery, and community service.

Wingate offers 34 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music, and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.