category: Campus News Carson-Newman to host dramatic reading by author David Madden category: Campus News | September 21, 2015 David Madden (photo courtesy of Blake Madden) (September 21, 2015)—Carson-Newman University’s Appalachian Cultural Center will host “The Last Bizarre Tale: A Dramatic Reading by David Madden” Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m. Appalachian Cultural Center Director Jennifer Hall says the Pulitzer Prize nominee’s energy makes his performance a must-see. “A master storyteller and tour-de-force, David Madden and his dramatic readings will leave the audience spellbound, stunned, moved, and always wanting more,” Hall says. Sigma Tau Delta (Carson-Newman’s English honor society) will host a book signing and reception after the reading. A Knoxville native, Madden is a Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing Emeritus at LSU. He held the chair of excellence at Austin Peay State University and has been a writer-in-residence for LSU, UNC Chapel Hill, Clark University, Lynchburg College and the University of Delaware where he was a distinguished visiting scholar. “The Last Bizarre Tale,” published in 2014, is Madden’s most recent work. He has produced numerous novels, short story collections, historical works, poems and more since publishing his first novel, “The Beautiful Greed,” in 1961. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Appalachian Cultural Center, located along Russell Avenue on Carson-Newman’s Campus. Seating is limited.