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Southern author and columnist Sean Dietrich to speak at AUM

Southern author and columnist Sean Dietrich to speak at AUM

Who: Novelist and columnist Sean Dietrich, also known as Sean of the South

What: A campus presentation and book signing event featuring Sean Dietrich. AUM’s Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society will sponsor a luncheon for Dietrich to discuss writing and professionalization in an informal setting with AUM students and faculty.

When: 6 p.m. October 14 (Monday) | Presentation and Book Signing

Where: 112 Goodwyn Hall, 7400 East Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117

Cost: Free for AUM students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. The luncheon is invitation only.

Novelist and columnist Sean Dietrich will bring his wit and experiences of living in the South to Auburn University at Montgomery’s campus on Monday, Oct. 14.

Known for his commentary on life in the American South, Dietrich — also known as Sean of the South — has garnered a loyal following of fans who are drawn to his southern commentary, books and humor. His work has appeared in publications such as Southern Living, The Tallahassee Democrat, Good Grit, South Magazine, Alabama Living, the Birmingham News, Thom Magazine and the Mobile Press Register. He has authored nine books, including his most recent novel “Stars of Alabama,” which was released in early July.

“He is a great speaker who can draw a crowd, especially a Southern crowd, and this is good for AUM’s place in the community,” said Michel Aaij, associate professor of English at AUM. “We’re excited about his presentation as well. He plays the guitar and sings, like a true one-man show.”

During his stop at AUM, Dietrich will visit two English composition classes to discuss aspects of his writing and publishing process with students before his presentation and book signing event, which are open to the public. The event will be at 6 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall room 112.

Aaij said he hopes students will gain a different perspective about writing from Dietrich’s campus talk. Through his books, blogs and commentary, Dietrich has gained a loyal following on social media, something rare for writers who launch their career as a blogger, he said.

“His presentation, we hope, will be attractive to the community as a whole,” Aaij said. “Dietrich has thousands of followers on social media and he spins a good yarn, and writes in a very laid-back and accessible style, covering topics that many in the community and on campus will appreciate.”

Dietrich’s visit is sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy in AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and AUM’s Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society with financial support from the department’s Lectures Committee.

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