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The Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library will be celebrating National Library Week in Graham Chapel at Montreat College with authors Patti Callahan Henry and Dr. Don W. King at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9.  

Henry’s historical novel, "Becoming Mrs. Lewis," is a "USA Today" and "Publisher’s Weekly" best-seller, and King is an internationally recognized C. S. Lewis scholar and author of three books on Lewis’s wife.

This stellar literary event is free and open to the public 

Henry is a "New York Times" bestselling author of fifteen novels, including the historical fiction, "Becoming Mrs. Lewis – The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis" and her upcoming contemporary Southern fiction novel—"The Favorite Daughter," coming June 4. 

Growing up in Philadelphia as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Henry learned early the value of storytelling. She attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work, and Georgia State University for her graduate degree.

Once a pediatric clinical nurse specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she and her husband now live in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina.

King came to Montreat College in 1974 after earning a B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.A. from Southern Illinois University. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1985.

He served as the editor of the Christian Scholar’s Review from 1999-2015. An active researcher and writer, King has published numerous books and over 60 articles. He is also a recipient of the distinguished Professor of the Decade award at Montreat College.

King loves teaching literature courses and enjoys reading, researching, and writing. 

He is also a prominent C. S. Lewis scholar and has published five books concerning Lewis, including "Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C.S. Lewis," "C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse," "Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter."  

His books on Joy Davidman include "Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman," "Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of the Works of Joy Davidman," and "A Naked Tree:  Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems by Joy Davidman."

King has also contributed articles on C.S. Lewis’s poetry to The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and to C.S. Lewis—Life, Works, and Legacy.  He has led week-long summer seminars on Lewis at Lewis’s home, the Kilns, for the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s Summer Seminars in Residence Program.

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