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“The Prettiest Star” – A reading and talk by Carter Sickels (Eastern KY Univ.)

March 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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Southern Book Prize winner Carter Sickels is the author of the highly-acclaimed book The Prettiest Star. Set in the 1980s, the book follows a young gay man’s return home to rural Appalachian Ohio after being diagnosed with AIDS. The Prettiest Star is lauded for its unflinchingly honest storytelling and wholly believable characters: “This immersive, tragic book will stay with readers.” (Booklist)

Register in advance for this virtual talk and reading on Zoom.

This event is made possible by the NEH Endowed Professor Fund and UNC Asheville’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department.

About: Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Prettiest Star (Hub City Press), winner of the 2021 Southern Book Prize, the Ohioana Book Award in Fiction, and the Weatherford Award, and selected as a Kirkus Best Book of 2020 and a Best LGBT Book of 2020 by O Magazine. His debut novel, The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury), a 2013 Oregon Book Award finalist and a Lambda Literary Award finalist, was adapted into a feature film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and is now streaming. His writing appears in various publications, including The Atlantic, Oxford American, Poets & Writers, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Joyland, and Catapult. Sickels is an associate professor at Eastern Kentucky University.


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March 2
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


NEH Endowed Professor Fund
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program


Zoom / Virtual