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Statewide Event Features N.C. Author, Daniel Wallace

The cover of Big Fish, featuring a man riding a larger than life catfishBOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University Library is co-hosting a community read of “Big Fish” by Daniel Wallace for National Library Week 2020. The event is jointly sponsored by the Reference, Instruction & Outreach (RIO) section of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Library Collaborative. The celebration includes a virtual book discussion and Q&A with the author on May 6 at 7 p.m.

Wallace wrote “Big Fish” in 1998 and is also the author of “Ray in Reverse” (2000), “The Watermelon King” (2003), “Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician” (2007), “The Kings and Queens of Roam” (2013), and most recently, “Extraordinary Adventures” (May 2017). His children’s book, published in 2014, and for which he did both the words and the pictures, is called “The Cat’s Pajamas.” In 2003, “Big Fish” was adapted and released as a movie and then in 2013, the book and the movie became a Broadway musical. Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater, where he directs the creative writing program.

“Big Fish” is available as an ebook through Gardner-Webb Library via the NCLive HomeGrown Collection, and the virtual book discussion is open to anyone who wishes to register. The book is the story of Edward Bloom, an extraordinary man, who could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, and women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that’s what he told his son, William. But now Edward is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father—this indefatigable teller of tall tales—before it’s too late.

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