Troy University to host reading, book signing by author Lee Smith at Montgomery Campus

Posted: Friday, 18 October 2013

MONTGOMERY — Author Lee Smith will read from and discuss her newest novel, “Guests on Earth," at Troy University's Montgomery Campus on Friday, Nov. 8, in conjunction with the 12th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference.

The reading will be held at 8 p.m. inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Guests on Earth," which takes its title from an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, tells the story of Evalina Toussaint, an orphaned child of an exotic dancer, who is only thirteen in 1936 when she is admitted to Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. A piano prodigy, she becomes the accompanist for the hospital's many performances and musical programs, and finds herself in the company of some remarkable fellow patients, both fictional and real, including Zelda Fitzgerald.

Smith has published 13 novels and four collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

For more information about the reading, contact Dr. Sara Kosiba at 334-241-9792 or

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society will hold its 12th International Fitzgerald Society Conference at TROY's Montgomery Campus Nov. 6-10.